Someone above said that the Atlanta Parks Dept says Chastain, Southside and Freedom Parks are all larger than Piedmont Park. But, if you look at a map, the only one of those parks that comes close to being as large as Piedmont Park is Chastain Park, and it's close to the same size as Piedmont.
The Atlanta Code states that day time hours are 7:01 am until 9:00 pm. The noise must be plainly audible to someone 200 feet away from the source of the sound during the day and plainly audible to someone 50 feet away during night time hours (9:01 pm until 7:00 am). There are a bunch of exceptions to the noise ordinance, including sirens, alarms on houses or autos, church bells, permitted construction activity, snow blowers (?), noise generated from celebrations or outdoor festivals, airport noise, sporting events, etc. Fireworks and gunfire are not mentioned at all. That's probably because the noise must be present over a duration of 6 minutes or more.
So, all the most obnoxious noises are exempted from the noise ordinance. It seems that it's mainly music being played loudly by private individuals or commercial (indoor) businesses that aren't exempt from noise ordinances. And with commercial noise generation, the noise must be over a certain decibel level.
No wonder Atlanta seems so dead on Friday and Saturday night (compared to how it used to be).
When the City of Atlanta allowed itself to be influenced by a contingent of gentrifying busy-bodies who didn’t understand what it means to live, work and play in a modern urban environment, it shot itself in the foot revenue-wise, and the City went from being an “international city” to being an empty-feeling, sanitized cow town. By changing the rules governing after-hours clubs (those open 24/7), they ruined some of the best nightlife in the Southeast, causing the closing of the world-famous Backstreet, and all the other all-hour nightclubs. Then they reduced the legal closing hours for all nightclubs by an hour so that clubs now have to close at 2:00 a.m. during the week and 3:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Now, if someone wants to open a nightclub, they go outside the City. Those who work unconventional hours are out of luck if they want to go out – that privilege is reserved only for those who work conventional hours. So the desires of these newly invading armies of yuppies trumped the desires of those who had lived in town for decades and they effectively destroyed the personality of the City and robbed Atlantans and those visiting or attending conventions of a once-vibrant night life.
Now, if I want to go dancing in town, I have no other choice than the Clermont Lounge on Ponce de Leon. Backstreet used to be where all the bartenders, waitresses and night-shift workers went when they got off work. Now they have nowhere to go. I live in the Little 5 Points area, and I can testify that Friday and Saturday nights are now eerily quiet, with virtually no traffic, no people out enjoying themselves and spending money. It is depressing and sad. I wish these people who think they want to live in an urban environment understood what that really meant, and if city noises and the sound of people on the sidewalks late at night bother them, they would just stay in the suburbs where they belong. When you move to Rome, you do as the Romans; but they moved to Rome and turned it into Mayberry.
The Midtown Business Association is one of the culprits behind the sanitization of midtown since they wanted to whip it into shape to attract more “high-end” businesses into the area. But things have apparently not worked out for their vision – Midtown looks all shiny and new, but it’s virtually empty, still waiting for businesses to lease the overpriced properties so landscaped and perfect. Could it be the outrageous prices they demand to lease space or is it that it’s apparent to everyone that the City has now lost the reasons anyone wanted to move here in the first place?
All I know is I want my 24-hour, lively City back. If noise bothers you, move to Macon!
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