Today's Seattle Times has a helfpul piece comparing Seattle's nightlife-policy-in-progress to what other cities (Austin, Hollywood, NYC, etc) with seemingly similar situations are doing. In it, all the

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Condo Dwellers' Bill of Rights

You have the right to put up with cacophony.

Today's Seattle Times has a helfpul piece comparing Seattle's nightlife-policy-in-progress to what other cities (Austin, Hollywood, NYC, etc) with seemingly similar situations are doing. In it, all the usual safeguards -- noise meters, the threat of fines, police presence, tiered closing times -- are name-checked.

Great. Whatever works. But part of me continues to feel as though this debate shouldn't exist. Why? Where I come from, if you choose to live in a dense, populous, urban neighborhood, be it Belltown, Ballard, Fremont, Lower Queen Anne, the U-District, or Capitol Hill, putting up with nightlife cacophony is part of the contract. Buy a set of earplugs, already, and don't call the cops or whine to city officials unless you hear gunfire or some drunk breaks into your condo and defecates in your cat's water dish. You get what you pay for, and you paid to live in a vibrant, noisy, and sometimes crazy urban environment. So shut the hell up, or move to Forks.

 
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