New York and Sybaris

Visiting New York, you can’t help noticing the continuous and unnecessary blaring of horns. Taxis sitting at red lights with no possibility of moving just keep their hands on their horns. Signs forbidding this are just ignored. The citizens of Sybaris, a Greek city in Italy known for its luxury, would have dealt with this pretty quickly.

πρῶτοι δὲ Συβαρῖται καὶ τὰς ποιούσας ψόφον τέχνας οὐκ ἐῶσιν ἐπιδημεῖν τῇ πόλει, οἷον χαλκέων καὶ τεκτόνων καὶ τῶν ὁμοίων, ὅπως αὐτοῖς πανταχόθεν ἀθόρυβοι ὦσιν οἱ ὕπνοι: οὐκ ἐξῆν δ᾽ οὐδ᾽ἀλεκτρυόνα ἐν τῇ πόλει τρέφεσθαι.
The Sybarites was the first to ban any industry that makes a noise from setting up in the city – bronze workers or carpenters for example – so that their sleep would not be disturbed in any way. You weren’t even allowed to keep a rooster in the city
Athenaeus 518c
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