Late musician Chuck Brown was the Godfather of Go-Go and local government intends to honor him with a new outdoor performing arts venue. Too bad the locals like things quiet and boring. Half of Langdon Park was renamed last year as Chuck Brown Park already, but how does one honor music without noise? Natch, an amphitheater plan ensued, and then was scaled back. And is already facing noise complaints from little old ladies.
Betty Jamison has lived across 18th Street NE from the park since 1958. The noise is so bad, she said, that she has stopped hosting her pinochle club on weekends. "I can't hear my TV, I can't read, I can't even have guests," she said.
Pinochle fans Opponents point out that a city regulation limits noise in parks to 60 decibels or below, which makes for a pretty whispery concert.
· Chuck Brown Park plans are in limbo [WaPo]
· Chuck Brown Park Neighbors Aren't Happy With City's Plans [DCist]
· Ward Five's Chuck Brown Park Is A Go-Go [Curbed DC]