March 1, 2020

Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet

For immediate release

Shelli Eversole
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Beth Luckett
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Ted Rueter
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Chapel Hill: Barcode Bar and Grill in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet for making incredible amounts of noise. The bar and their clientele have absolute disdain for the neighborhood. Barcode calls itself a “’bar and grill, dance and nightclub.’”

Shelli Eversole, a neighborhood resident, stated, “When I bought my house in 2017, it was in a nice, quiet neighborhood. However, eight months ago, that all changed, because of Barcode.”

Shelli noted that “it started with constant loud bass heavy music. Then there began to be yelling and screaming all hours of the night. Now we have had five incidents of confirmed gunfire within a month, with a total of around 20 shots being fired.”

Eversole and her neighbors “have been in community council meetings for months to try and make compromises with the nightclub and try to find a way to coexist. Unfortunately, the Cincinnati police have only recently taken a real notice and that’s because of there being so much community pressure and a cop actually witnessed gunfire.”

Eversole observes that “the obnoxious noise is very damaging.  In this neighborhood, we have elderly people and special needs people. Many homeowners cannot park near their homes. We can’t sleep most nights. We can’t even leave our houses anymore after the crowd moves in because there have been incidents of the bar patrons yelling at residents just for leaving our homes, thinking we are looking for confrontation. The noise and the tensions have gotten much, much worse.  We have already had a few neighbors move because of the noise and mayhem.”

According to Eversole, “Eight months of this has really had a huge impact on all of us.  We are worn down and exhausted. It’s really just unacceptable that such a nuisance has been allowed to continue to escalate.”

Beth Luckett of Pleasant Ridge stated, “I have owned my home for 17 years.  There have been occasional incidences of theft, noise, and fights, but nothing like it’s been since June, 2019.  There are numerous loud fights in front of my house and disrespect when asked if they could please tone it down and leave.  I live in fear of gunshots.  My bedroom is in the front of my house and my bed is against the window. Because of the bar, there is also an extreme increase in traffic on our street.”

Another Pleasant Ridge resident asserted that “our situation is untenable. The noise is constant, disrespectful, and punitive. I’ve begun having anxiety attacks related to the lack of peace at our home, and are trying to sell our house because we just can’t take it anymore.”

Ted Rueter, director of Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet, noted that “bars, restaurants, and nightclubs need to be good neighbors. They need to control the amount of noise they make and they need to control the behavior of their patrons.  In addition, city officials and the police need to take noise seriously, as it is a major quality of life issue.”

Noise Free America: A Coalition to Promote Quiet is a national citizens’ organization devoted to noise reduction. Past “winners” of the Noisy Dozen award include Youngstown, Ohio; and Warren, Ohio.