On Banning on Leaf Blowers

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By RONDA KAYSEN

New Yorkers who leave the city for the suburbs often do so for three reasons: schools, space and silence. The silence, it turns out, can be a problem.

Most suburban streets are certainly free of blaring horns, wailing sirens and, sometimes, even people. But come springtime, they vibrate with the hum of lawn mowers, edgers, trimmers and leaf blowers; the accompanying noise continues until the last leaves fall from the trees in early December.

In Maplewood, N.J., the desire to keep all that space manicured is on a collision course with a longing …read more

Source: New York Times

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