Sound and the city
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Most of the city planning is done so that the affluent neighborhoods are in quieter areas.
However, this is also nullified when the ultra-rich who travel frequently stay close to the transit hubs (like Airports), being exposed to high decibels of noise.
... with anything exceeding 85 decibels resulting in hearing loss with continued exposure.
Sound is a warning sign for us, as we can hear and get affected with noise even while asleep.
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