Thursday, August 18, 2005

Bring in Da Noise, Take Out Da Funk

Giuliani’s lifestyle issue of choice was to attack the squeegee men. Bloomberg has chosen to attack a more ubiquitous but less tangible nuisance: noise. There are no more squeegee men. But there still is a whole lot of noise. Mayor Bloomberg is quoted in New York Newsday today saying that’s because City Council President Gifford Miller has refused to push a new noise code through City Council. Oh. So that’s why there’s still so much noise! We don’t have a new noise law that allows the cops to ticket violators without having a noise meter in hand.

Whatever. Forget about the noise since there's vitually nothing that can be done about it anyway. Tickets aren't going to make a lick of difference. I say, promise the voters you’ll take a Comstat approach to eradicating the smelly, dirty street trash. That is something the city could actually have an effect on and it would be a highly visible improvement. One ingenious demonstration project that I’ve mentioned before is taking place in Queens: solar-powered curbside trash compactors. Read more about them here.