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Citizen complaint of the day: The 24-hour basketball court

A groggy citizen complains about the playground on W. 5 Street in South Boston:

There is loud screaming and basketball played 24 hours a day, including the middle the of night. The noise is a nuisance to its residential surroundings, especially those with children trying to sleep.

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Guess what yuppies, the basketball court was there first. If you don't like the noise, move back to CT.

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yuppie-local thing. Everyone deserves some nighttime peace and quiet especially in the city. You don't need to reduce to another them vs. us issue.

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This definitely is not one.

The complaint could easily be coming from either group and the people playing basketball could be either group.

but yea, in a residential sections of South Boston everyone should be respectful of their neighbors in the middle of the night.

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... nor does everyone have a 9 to 5 work schedule.

What else is there to do at 3:00 AM? All the clubs have closed; unless you have a taste for McDonalds or Dunkin' Donuts, there's very little available to eat, and no place else to go.

A 24 hour basketball court is a wonderful neighborhood amenity. A chance to exercise and burn off some energy outdoors, at night when it's cooler and the air isn't choked with as much pollution.

If it was there before the apartment building, it's unreasonable for anyone to be complaining about it.

Should people who enjoy sleeping until noon complain about noise other people are making at 10:00 AM? Who gets the right to set "official sleeping hours" in the middle of a big city?

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"Who gets the right to set "official sleeping hours" in the middle of a big city?"

Please see my post below.

That area is anything but the "middle of a big city" but I guess if you grew up in the boring burbs of New England....you can easily make the mistake.

- The Original SoBo Yuppie.

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I'm sorry, I don't care where it is, city or suburb, but a loud basketball game in a residential area at 3 AM (or thereabouts) is entirely inappropriate and inconsiderate. I keep some pretty odd hours myself, but a middle of the night basketball game (or other loud activity in a park) in a densely populated area is a no go, if you ask me. Some things are just common courtesy.

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I'm not aware of any exceptions.

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I wonder if Boston Parks has a sign up.

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I live right in this area as well. Since they did the renovation of the park, it has been a little busier, and there has been a gaggle of young girls that are loud and scream (?) in the evening, but it's not intolerable, even with my windows open. Definitely not 24 hours. I'd rather kids and young adults play in a park where there's a crowd instead of nefarious activities on the street corner. Of more concern is the construction trucks on Gold Street during the day and the idling school buses on D Street in front of the Condon School.

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That would annoy the hell out of me too.

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How about a neighborhood noise reduction hour event to hear what it would be like with less noise. There are hospitals that setup a noise reduction hour event. It gives folks a greater impression of what it would be like if noise was reduced more often.

see also
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/noisefreeamerica
http://noisefree.org

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Silly complainer, you moved into a unit near an urban basketball court and expected peace and quiet? Tee Hee Ha Ha.

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Was gonna say if this is really an issue to this individual then that person is clearly not cut out for living in the city

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(sorry, if you've heard this rant before)

"Hey you live within city limits, its supposed to loud, dirty and trash everywhere! Let me do one more keg stand and scream at the top of my lungs!!!"

Every city has residential sections in it. Just because you are within city limits doesn't mean every street can be treated like Landsdowne street after a Sox game...at every hour.

Get a clue on city life...or move back to the burbs.

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...or move back to the burbs.

We don't want him, either.

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I didn't think there were enough kids in the neighborhood to use that. Maybe it should be converted into a dog park.

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I had to wait to exit a store on Broadway as 2 clueless dog owners let their mutts do the sniff and greet in the doorway. And one of the dogs wouldn't even move w/o getting as treat every few feet. WTF?

Train your damn dogs and treat them liker the pets they are, not your frigging children. The only silver lining is that these owners don't actually have children,

Thank God they're not foisting spoiled human brats on society!

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Yes, because people with kids and no dogs never have bratty children. Their always prefect...

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I looked at an apt overlooking the 5th street basketball court. I knew I wouldn't want to hear that, so guess what? I didn't take the apartment.

Where I live now, there are people who live across the street from the commuter rail. They bitch about the noise trains make. Duh!

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Noise is the work of Satan himself, and must be totally and forever banished from the earth. At least that's the way some very self centered people see it.

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Better than having junkies shooting up or drunks drinking and puking all night. And I'd bet my last dollar it is a yuppie who is complaining. Can't blame them for overpaying for a condo and not having the peace and quiet the other yuppies have on the East side.

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because clearly, low-income people aren't deserving of a peaceful night's sleep. Cuz poor, right?

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Between this noise making and the noise making from all the jerks coming home from the bars last night at 1:30am?

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What are the chances a Citizens Connect request will result in a sensible change in park regulations, or consistent enforcement of an existing ban on late-night park use if one exists?

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