The City: The Age of Noise

The Air Force calls it "The Sound of Freedom." The airline industry calls it the price of progress. The people who live near the major military airbases and commercial airports around the U.S. call it sheer hell.

It is all three. It is the thunderclap of a sonic boom produced by a supersonic aircraft, and the nerve-ragging whine and roar of jetliners as they take off and land. Together they add up to a sore domestic problem that will increase in quantum jumps in the years ahead.

Sonics and Suits. This possibility had not...

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