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Not in my backyard! Downtown disruption, 1971 Vibration mitigation, 1971 Environmental impact study, 1975 Firehouse facade, 1994
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For Metro's builders, the human environment was as great a challenge as any natural obstacles. Many residential neighborhoods favored the transit system, just as long as some other neighborhood got the stations and their parking lots. Downtown merchants complained that construction scared away customers. To address some of these concerns, engineers worked to dampen noise, assess environmental impacts, and preserve historic structures along the routes.