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What's that deafening sound on Buffalo' streets?

   Buffalo: the "noise wagon" capital of the Niagara Frontier.

   It has a ring to it.

   A deafening ring, if you ask Buffalo Common Council President David A. Franczyk.

   He's convinced that vehicle owners with souped-up sound systems are far more likely to shatter neighborhood tranquility in the city than they are in the suburbs.

   "You don't get many people doing this in Clarence. Why is it acceptable in Buffalo?"

   Franczyk poses an interesting premise. Are folks who play their music at ear-splitting decibels more likely to do so in the city than in Amherst, Cheektowaga, Tonawanda or other neighboring communities?

   The Buffalo Police Department insists it has been cracking down on what some brand "rolling noise." Of the 2,350 noise summonses issued in the city since 2006, motorists were slapped with 1,732 of the tickets.

   What do you think? Is Buffalo a lot noisier than its suburban counterparts? And how would you rate law enforcers in your community when it comes to dealing with noise nuisances?

   -- Brian Meyer

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