Believe me…it’s gotten quieter over the years.
Anybody remember the intercity buses? They were almost KTVs or cinemas on wheels!
These days they even have noise ordinance laws that are occasionally enforced.
Note I’m not saying the streets are quiet. They can still be incredibly noisy at times.
My meaning of introspective is random people don’t get in your face like they used to…and people rarely talk to strangers(not that they did a lot before I guess but even less now for instance almost nobody asks each other directions anymore or for a light for their cigarette or for a stranger to take a picture for them) and even the taxi drivers have gotten noticeably quieter.