While making a trip to The Home Depot in South Bay, we heard classical music playing from a sound system in the parking lot.  We thought that was maybe just a one-time thing, but a friend of Caught in Dot confirmed that on Wednesday, she, too, heard it playing.

Is this something new? With the recent trouble at this particular mall over the summer, in addition to the Mass + Cass residents that can be found in this area, is this an attempt to make it a more pleasurable destination?

According to radioart.com, some of the benefits of listening to classical music are:

Lowers high blood pressure

Combats depression

Can relieve pain

Improves focus and cognitive function

Reduces stress

and generally makes you happier.

Well, it’s a step in the right direction. If anyone else knows any inside scoop of why music is now playing loudly in the South Bay parking lot, send us an email!



  1. Katie Foley October 11, 2023 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I believe it’s to deter the unhoused population from congregating there. The Los Angeles transit system is using a similar tactic to limit people from sleeping in the train stations there: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2023-04-04/loud-classical-music-macarthur-park-metro-los-angeles-decibel-meter

  2. joe c October 12, 2023 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Yup. And for a while they were blasting showtunes over at the shopping plaza in Fields Corner too. Supposedly it deters loitering because most people can’t stand listening to it for too long.

  3. sharon norman October 13, 2023 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    On the south shore, these musicians are playing recorded music and hoping shoppers will drop some money in the violin casse

  4. Classical Music Junkie October 16, 2023 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    They are also blasting it from a security camera at McD’s at mass & cass as well

  5. FormerDem October 19, 2023 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    The Eire Pub is using videos of Liz Warren speeches to drive out customers after last call.

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