|Re(2): Fwd: Next to the highway||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Roger Diggle (digglemacline.com)|
|Date: Mon, 30 Jan 95 19:03 CST|
On 1/30/95 at 2:55 AM, evanh [at] sco.COM wrote: > > > In the specific case of the Peninsula project, the institutional > > underpinning of the conspiracy is Caltrans, which persists in > > adding more lanes to their highways rather than building the > > soundwalls that >>most people would prefer.<< > > I agree with almost all of your message, but I couldn't let this > go by without saying how much I _hate_ soundwalls. Hate, hate, hate. > [snip] > Soundwalls make a freeway > look like a cattle chute in a slaughterhouse, sterile yet vicious, > completely cut off from any reality beyond the roadway. All they > need is advertisements and the landscape of Gilliam's _Brazil_ > has come true. > > Trees and hedges do a pretty good a job of acoustically insulating > a road, and they aren't inhuman. They do take time to grow, > unfortunately, but if it was my house going up next to a road, I'd > resign myself to putting up with the noise for the few years it would > take, and save the motorists from the blight of another soundwall. > If I needed the wall immediately, I'd think about an earthen berm. > A soundwall might be all I could afford, but it'd be my last choice. Alas, trees and hedges provide very poor acoustic isolation. I dearly wish it were otherwise. I'd go for the berm if there's room, else it's walls or noise. Never ascribe to malice what can perfectly well be explained as ignorance.
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