Monday, August 16, 2010

City Cemeteries Face Gridlock

Ernst Herter's Lorelei Fountain in Joyce Kilme...Image via Wikipedia

This New York Times' article points out that "virtually no amount of money will secure a final resting place in the heart of a city that is fast running out of graveyard space." New York City.

The article states:

"More than 50 years have passed since a major cemetery was established within the city, and no new burial grounds are planned. But New Yorkers continue to die, some 60,000 a year.

Accordingly, per square foot, burial plots in centrally located cemeteries rival the most expensive real estate in the city. A private mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx can easily cost more than $1,000 per square foot.

“We have people who would like to disinter Mom and Dad and sell the graves back to make some money,” said Richard Fishman, the director of the New York State Division of Cemeteries.

There are state laws limiting the profits on resold graves, but the fact that people would be willing to go to such lengths, Mr. Fishman said, illustrates just how valuable burial plots have become."

Take a moment to read this article. The statistics and the money are mind boggling. This almost reads like a Stephen King short story.

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