What’s in the Air? 
How Loud is too Loud?

The air you breathe should be safe and free of toxic particles. If that’s not possible, you should be informed.

Clear the Air. Know the Risks.


If development leads to increased sickness and death, it defeats its purpose. The premise of progress is a healthy and prosperous community that can enjoy the benefits of development.


 I think of the people, the families who move here, perhaps for work, unaware of the construction chaos they will face. They arrive expecting a new life in the city, the one they have seen in renderings depicting futuristic skyscrapers and shopping heavens, but find themselves surrounded by construction sites. The noise of construction sites disturbs their concentration and peace of mind, while something in the air aggravates their asthma and leads to new respiratory problems. 

They realize that this place is not what they expected and feel trapped in leases that carry heavy penalties in case of early termination, or they cannot bear the stress of buying another house and incurring other expenses, or moving their children to another school, all because they were not notified in advance. This is simply unfair!

In my years living in Arlington and working as a real estate agent in the Washington DC area, I can tell you it's appalling that no one, whether they're real estate professionals, building managers, or local authorities, is required to disclose information about construction noise.
This means that no one can help you and therefore there is no way to change your situation unless we demand for a new policy that provides this information in advance. A regulation that is delivered to you stating the health risk of both air and noise.

...Because these renderings are just an advertisement for a product that does not yet exist.

I don't believe that human well-being should be sacrificed for economic or infrastructural progress, which is unfortunately what seems to be happening now due to the absence of health hazard disclosures to the community and data on construction pollution.

There is a lot of dust that gets into the homes of people who live near construction sites.

While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards have guidelines to protect those who work on construction sites from health hazards, the surrounding community remains at risk, and with no warnings.

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