6.7.12

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Sidewalk Rating: Tropical
The opinion expressed at the conference here of alienists and neurologists considering ways and means of halting the increase of degeneracy and dementia that noise is a contributor to insanity and that Chicago is the noisiest city in the world, was welcomed by the Council Health Committee, studying needless noises and means of suppressing them.

"The downtown portion of the city within the radius of the elevated loop is guilty of more noise and longer continued noise than any similar area in the world," Dr. J. Chester King of Atlanta told the alienists. "The noise has a distinct effect upon Chicagoans, and they do not know what relaxation is. They work too hard, they dance too hard, they think too hard, they play too hard, they dissipate too hard."

"And when the women wear colors, they wear them so hard they fairly scream," Added Dr. Albert E. Sterne of Indianapolis. "In Indianapolis we look upon a blood pressure of from 120 to 140 as normal, but here a pressure of from 160 to 180 seems to be the regular thing."

["Chicago Noise-Crazed." New York Times. June 26, 1913.]


[Dave King's Mercedes parked on Nicollet Avenue.]


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3 comments:

Alex said...

Bill what is the cowboy picture from?

Bill Lindeke said...

cowboy picture? ah, that's from Brad Zellar's tumblr: the 42nd parallel, which for some reason isn't working right now but is normally at "snacksgiovanni.tumblr.com/"

Bill Lindeke said...

http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/2012/07/inaction-before-action-1.html