Despite misgivings over finances from one town official, the Davenport commission introduced an ordinance to take over the Evergreen Cemetery. The city was asked to assume control of the cemetery because members of the cemetery association are aging and no longer up to the task of maintenance and operations.
Officials posed a hypothetical dilemma to neighbors: Would you rather have a cemetery next door or a housing development? Already, Riverside Cemetery is limted to Courtland residents, but buying another 8 acres would alleviate space concerns for now.
Officials in Montgomery, Alabama, say they will pursue criminal charges against the owners of a neglected African-American cemetery - once they find out who owns it. This is an update on an item we reported here earlier.
"Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have." -- Benjamin Franklin
Where do we go when we die? This blog explores the places where cemeteries and land use intersect, and examines what urban planners and thinkers, communities and others are doing (and not doing) about cemeteries.
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I am a journalist, adjunct professor of journalism and rural issues. I studied GIS, and I blog about cemeteries and land use, urban issues, and honey. All views expressed are those of the author alone.