The Quest for Quiet blog couldn’t have said it better: Gutted Noise Bill Passed Council. Basically, the legislation allows for sound up to 80 decibels when measured from inside the home – in residential-zoned areas.
So, not only is [mostly commercially-zoned] Penn Quarter excluded from this legislation, but the sound is measured from inside of the home. The best quote from the council discussion was when Tommy Wells (Ward 6) said that none of this legislation helps the 10,000 people living downtown.
It was very easy to tell that Tommy Wells, Mary Cheh, David Catania, and Carol Schwartz were on the side of the DC citizens while the rest of the council members (including Jack Evans) folded to labor union pressure.
Update: We missed an even better quote, but the WaPo has it in their write-up: “Penn Quarter, I hope you’re listening. You’re being written off,” Cheh said of the downtown neighborhood.