Horns blasting, screeching tires, vehicles peeling out, jackhammering, construction, loud music, and other types of noise are the realities of living in a large and congested city like Los Angeles. Yes, you don’t expect to come to this city and live the quest life you have always dreamed about. Did you know that noise could pose a serious hazard to your health? Well, the New York Times published a report that showed overexposure to traffic noise can result in a heart attack especially if one is highly sensitive to noise.
In fact, if you are reading this post and you are based in Los Angeles, there is probably something distracting you – leaf blowers, heavy sirens, trucks, and the over 10 LAPD choppers thwarting the air for more than five hours.
Of course, not every part of this famous city will be hard on your years. There are a host of areas where you can live in peace with minimal noise levels.
Do you want to know the noisiest neighborhoods in LA? Find them in this list!
- Downtown LA
More often than not, downtown LA is regarded as one of the liveliest parts of Los Angeles, which is characterized by an array of Avant-grade infrastructure, a vibrant culture, and some of America’s finest restaurants.
But to create a modern renaissance, there needs to be construction projects going on, which is why this part of the city has become a hub of unending noise, which has left residents complaining, not just among themselves, but to the government.
Construction projects are not the only source of noise for Downtown LA dwellers. When night falls, it will fill your inner ears with loud music coming from nightclubs and other entertainment joints. If you are coming to LA for leisure, and you don’t mind having your eardrums disturbed then you’ll have a great time, but if you are thinking about moving, then this noisy neighborhood might not be the best option.
- Hollywood Boulevard
You might know Hollywood Boulevard for the best things it offers, such as the Hollywood walk of fame, but what you might not know is that it is an area where clubbing, heavy drinking, and regular fighting is the order of the day.
For a long time, this neighborhood has recorded high noise levels, something that has left the local leaders concerned. Clubs such as the Hollywood Super Club have faced charges for violating their permits and zoning laws, but they still remain in business. Hollywood Boulevard is all about noise!
With some clubs such as The Day after and many other going rogue, it is evident that the dwellers of this part of the city know no peace, and their complaints seem to fall in deaf ears. If you want to live a quiet life in LA. Hollywood Boulevard should not be an option!
About 20 years ago, residents living in Burbank started to complain and said that planes from the Bob Hope Airport were shaking the walls of their houses whenever they were flying by, and the noise was loud enough to wake up their children.
As to 2018, the airport has put lots of measures in place to ensure the aircraft are quieter, they have insulated and soundproofed the homes near the airfield; the status quo has remained. The neighborhood still records high noise levels and a myriad of health complications that come as a result.
The airport management has placed a voluntary curfew that starts at 10 pm and ends at 7 am. However, the curfew does not hinder planes from landing, especially when they are rerouted from other airports or in case of emergencies such as weather-related problems.
The airport in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and the residents of Burbank have achieved significant milestones in mitigating the noise levels. But as long as the issue has not been fixed fully, Burbank makes it to our list of noisiest neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Popularly known as Ktown by residents, Koreatown is one of the neighborhoods in Los Angeles that is dominated by noise pollution, although the noise is less compared to other areas such as Burbank. Most of the noise in this part of town emanates from police helicopters blazing over the houses in search of criminals, or commercial choppers with photographers trying to get a glimpse of the city from above.
There are reports that some choppers in this area fly as low as 100 feet, and the FAA doesn’t seem to care. In fact, a senior official at the FAA has been quoted saying that the federation is not mandated to control aircraft noise, neither can it track noise complaints.
Well, if you want to live in Korea town, be ready to get used to the noise of several choppers that will pass over your apartment every day, just like they do in other parts of the city.
- Santa Monica
In this neighborhood, there are ‘normal’ noises that come from nightclubs, hooting vehicles, sirens, and the choppers hovering in the air in search or criminals. But in Santa Monica, these are not the major sources of noise. The giant in the room is the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
This is doubtlessly one of the busiest airports in the city, with over 260 aircraft operating every day in this 227-acre airfield.
With traffic increasing considerably, the airport has raised debate on whether it has outgrown its surroundings, with hundreds of noise-related complaints recorded every day. Mitigating noise in this area has posed a challenge for the Santa Monica Airport Noise Management office and the FAA. We cannot shun away from the fact that a lot has been done to fix this problem, but still, Santa Monica closes our list of the noisiest neighborhoods in LA.
Community groups and residents have over the years aired the concerns about the rising noise levels in various neighborhoods in the city. We cannot say that some of these complaints haven’t been addressed, but whether or not noise pollution will be a thing of the past especially in the neighborhoods mentioned above remains to be seen. Maybe, someone from the government will read this article, and something will be done to assure residents a good night sleep.