Coping with Downtown Noise

PAS QuickNotes 70

By David Morley, AICP


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Successful downtowns typically include a diverse mix of uses. While residences have long been part of this use mix, the number of downtown residences is on the rise in many communities. This influx of new residents often creates greater interest in noisier nighttime uses, such as restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theaters, and heightens the potential for noise-related conflicts among users.

This edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights promising tactics for mitigating noise-related conflicts in mixed use areas.


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Oct. 1, 2017
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About the Author

David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager at the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also edits Zoning Practice.