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What to do About a Noisy Neighbor?

A Patch reader seeks your advice on how to tackle a tricky situation.

A Patch reader recently complained about a problem on his block in a fairly upscale part of Eagle Rock: On just about every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, when he lounges in his backyard, a neighbor invariably plays an electric bass guitar for hours on end.

“I’m a music lover, but I also like some peace on the weekends,” says the reader, who doesn’t know his noisy neighbor—and is nervous about approaching whoever it is.

If you had a noisy bass-playing neighbor, what would you do? Do you think your fellow Patch reader has any right to complain—legally or from the point of view of etiquette?

Nelson R Grande II July 15, 2012 at 04:49 AM
It seems the subject of the article may have not given the neighbor an opportunity to be considerate just yet. Further, law enforcement doesn't NEED to take action. Gathering more neighbors to speak with said loud neighbor may well do the trick. Again, let's consider working this out as a Community, rather than through cold, black and white regulation.
Nelson R Grande III July 15, 2012 at 05:50 AM
If being a good neighbor is being a quiet neighbor, then I must be totally wrong when I say that a neighbor should be neighborly and social. If you have a problem, talk to them about it. They wouldn't get mad at you. People these days are becoming more considerate and social with each other. Once you realize that your neighbors are people just like you, you can talk to them as another individual. Only then will both of you become actual neighborly neighbors.
mj July 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
To be considerate to your neighbors is not a question if you are from an upscale neighborhood or not. I always tell my kids if you think other people will do the things you are doing, what will you feel? Do to others what others do unto you. But I know there are some unruly people around who are not like this and they really don't care about the people around them or maybe they are not aware of it. We just moved to our house and the first thing we did is to get to know our neighbors and whenever we get some problems we just talk it over and resolved it diplomatically. I am just one of the few lucky people who was able to find a nice neighborhood though it was not from an "UPSCALE" area. Our children play together in our backyard and we often put a schedule on what activities they can enjoy during summer.
nonoise July 15, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I agree that it is much better to work out a noise problem with a neighbor. But often times neighbors are not good neighbors and will not care. There are nasty, mean, selfish neighbors that refuse to turn down or off their noise. Divine Saviour Catholic church is one of those bad neighbors. I have tried to negotiate with them, even trying to use the city attorney's negotiated service, but they refuse to negotiate or sit down and come to the table. Father Marco Ortiz will not budge. He is set on being selfish and being a bully by doing whatever he wants to do and not caring about being a noisy neighbor. It is great to have good neighbors but some neighbors refuse to be good neighbors, Divine Saviour Catholic church is a bad noisy neighbor.
John Wayne's Honda July 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
wow when ever i have any issues with my neighbors I go and talk to them, but then again maybe I am not in a very upscale part of Eagle Rock.

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