10/08/2013 08:31 am ET

Seeking Silence: 10 Low-Tech Strategies For Coping With Noise

As an urban dweller, noise pollution is an issue that affects me on a daily (and nightly) basis. We've been in our current San Francisco apartment for three years—the day we moved in was quiet and the location off the main street provided the right amount of noise buffering while being close enough to the action. The short of it: our neighborhood has changed. Between the street noise, echoes from adjacent back buildings, and new neighbors who seem to stomp through life, it's getting harder to sleep, write, and relax in my own home.

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