In a New York Times article, it was reported that the city of New York never shuts up. This is a whimsical take on the phrase: “the city that never sleeps”. Apparently, many people do not always like the fast life and constant movement that the city offers to resident. Lately, a lot of these individuals have been voicing their concerns over this issue.

One New York resident stated that their right to peace and quiet has been violated. This resident lives in the Upper East Side of the city. He said that the noise problem has been an ongoing issue for a few years. Many residents share his view.

The fact is that 10 million people live in and around the greater New York City area. With so many people constantly out on the street at all times of the day and night; it is kind of hard to get any peace and quiet at all.

Traffic is always a problem in New York. Millions of people hit the roads every day the congestion rarely (if ever) slows down or stops. Millions of cars produce lots of noise. Trucks roaring down the street, school bus motors can be heard from August to May and the humming of buses add to the noise pollution as well.

There are hundreds of thousands of people talking on the streets at any given time. Some of these people are yelling and screaming at each other or for no reason at all. Then there are vendors, car stereo music, construction work noises and the whistles from traffic cops guiding cars through the area. New York is a noisy place and this way of life is not going to change any time soon.

The city council is trying to change this situation by enforcing noise ordinances. However, these ordinances are great for collecting extra revenue but not for keeping the city quiet. Hopefully, New Yorkers will get the message and cut out the ruckus. If not, the city will never shut up and go to sleep and continue on doing what it does best – that is making a lot of noise and keeping people up.

January 21, 2017 · Louisville, News · (No comments)

Louisville commuters will face their first experience of tolls in decades starting Dec. 30, the body that oversees the new Ohio River bridges announced on Tuesday.

 

RiverLink, a joint authority set up by the state governments of Kentucky and Indiana, had been waiting for system testing to wrap up before formally announcing the start of tolling. “While system preparations are continuing, we’ve cleared the necessary hurdles to set a start date for tolling,” Indiana transportation official Clint Murphy told WHAS.

 

The long-delayed Ohio River Bridges Project, which was finally started in 2011, involved the construction of two new bridges across the river. Two new bridges, the Abraham Lincoln Bridge – located downtown next to the existing John F. Kennedy Bridge – and the East End Crossing in eastern Jefferson County, were constructed during as part of the project.

 

In order to finance the project, Indiana and Kentucky officials agreed to impose tolls on the Lincoln Bridge, the Kennedy Bridge and the East End Crossing – which is set to open on Dec. 18. The tolls will be collected by a mix of transponders and license plate monitoring.

 

More than 100,000 residents of Louisville and southern Indiana have already requested transponders, which will be scanned when a commuter crosses the bridge and then billed later. For a commuter with a transponder, tolls start at $2 for cars, trucks, and small vans for a one-way trip across the bridge.

 

Without a transponder, tolls will be billed via license plate records and can get steep quickly: an unregistered license plate on a large truck will be told at $15 a trip.

 

January 19, 2017 · New York City, News · (No comments)

The social media celebrity and rapper Kanye West entered Trump Tower on Tuesday. Reporters from many news outlets were there to observe the event in New York City. Their cameras captured him entering the lobby around 9:15. For this occasion, he went without the majority of his entourage. Notably absent was Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s wife. It has been said that the two are having marriage difficulty after she was robbed in Paris, and he suffered a nervous breakdown while on stage at one of his concerts.

 

Kanye headed upstairs to speak with Trump in private. After their time alone together, they emerged downstairs together around 9:55. Trump told reporters that he and Kanye were now buddies, and he felt that Kanye is a good man. He pointed at Kanye while doing so. They had a vibrant discussion about life and each other’s affairs.

 

The reporters then turned their attention to Kanye West and asked them a few questions. He stood with a big smile on his face though he kept his arms folded in an unopen posture. Kanye commented that he wished he could freeze this moment in time by taking a picture of it. From there, the two men parted ways. Trump told Kanye to take care of himself and to visit again soon.

 

Kanye failed to vote in the recent election, but he claims to have been a Trump supporter. He was hospitalized for more than a week not long ago due to sleep deprivation and exhaustion. You may read more about Kanye’s meeting with President-Elect Trump here.

 

January 17, 2017 · Chicago, News · (No comments)

While residents of Chicago Illinois and other cities in the Midwest are used to cold and snowy winters, a recent news article (http://abc7chicago.com/weather/city-suburbs-digging-out-after-weekend-snow-storm/1651677/) points out that the winter season may be starting earlier than normal.

 

This past weekend, residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs spend much of their Saturday and Sunday digging out from a two day winter storm. The early snow storm ended up dropping over 9 inches of snow in some areas of the city. As would be expected, this led to significant traffic issues for many and lead to the cancellation of hundreds of flights into and out of the Chicago airports.

 

While the snowstorm was considered early for many people in the area, those who live in the city know to never expect anything less from the weather. The city is now bracing for the second phase of the early winter storm which will arrive later this week. A new polar vortex is expected to sweep across the United States all week. The storm should end up getting Chicago at some point on Thursday. The city is expecting that temperatures could have highs of 5° or less. This low temperature will likely only last for a couple of days, but could lead to cancellation of school and further flight and travel delays.The temperature should then begin to write back towards normal December weather by the end of the following week.