Noise complaints are a great way to represent the volume of residents overwhelmed by noise in their neighborhoods as well as gather a better understanding of the type of noises that drive community residents to action.
This portion of our report takes an in-depth look at noise complaints using data obtained from the City of Boston’s Police department. Data was collected from August 2015 – July 2016, resulting in close to 20,000 noise complaints across the city. Complaints are categorized into the following groups: alarms, barking dogs, fireworks, loud music, a general “noise” category, and loud parties. Here, we examine noise complaints OVERALL, BY COMPLAINT TYPE, and BY BOSTON NEIGHBORHOOD. We use a temporal frame (time of day, day of week, and month) to conduct our analysis.
A corresponding visual representation of noise complaints in Boston are also presented. To view our interactive noise complaint maps or download static versions, visit HERE.
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