Monday, April 12, 2010

Funeral Parlours & Burial Grounds: Death and Life in the City

Toronto Area Walks:

Funeral Parlours & Burial Grounds: Death and Life in the City

Guided by Kory McGrath, Funeral Director

Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010
Start Time: 3:00 pm
Est. Duration: 2 hours
Funeral  Parlours & Burial Grounds: Death and Life in the City

In her book, The Death & Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs wrote “the strange idea that death should be an unnoticeable or unmentionable part of city life” is a myth about diversity. “The reminder of death is not the pall it may be on waning suburban streets” … “in low-income neighborhoods of big cities, funeral parlors can, and often do, operate as positive and constructive forces….Undertakers, like druggists, lawyers, dentists, and clergymen, are representatives, in these neighborhoods, of such qualities as dignity, ambition, and knowledgeability. They are typically well-known public characters, active in local civic life.”


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