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Ask Curbed: Leaf Blowers - The Devil's Flute?

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A wide awake reader questions the necessity of loud leaf blowing at 8 am in the morning. What exactly does the law say about silencers and hours of operation? "It's leaf-blower season again and it's driving me crazy. Every morning at 8 am, a landscaping crew hired by the apartment building next door fires up a leaf-blower and blows jacaranda leaves from the sidewalk onto the street. Those things are incredibly loud, gas-powered, and don't really seem to do anything other than move leaves around. They seem to be the epitome of an environmentally-unfriendly "make it someone else's problem" approach. Can't the city ban them?"
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