Monday, August 16, 2010

No room 

After reading the New York Times article entitled "City Cemeteries Face Gridlock," it made me thankful that my family has a tradition of cremation. I can appreciate that there are religious beliefs which indicate that burial is the proper route, whatever one's interpretation of Genesis 3:19, Genesis 18:27 and Ecclesiastes 3:20 might be.

The article indicates that the only remaining real estate bubble in the country might be within the fence lines of an urban cemetery. Even for New Yorkers, this graf revealed a somewhat harsh reality:
“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.
If Spielberg could write a mega-hit horror movie about greedy real estate developers digging up graves to make room for suburban sprawl, it seems to me that there are many scary and comedic possibilities for a dramatic premise based on a liquid secondary market for used grave sites.


By Anonymous feeblemind, at Tue Aug 17, 06:53:00 PM:

I remember being told in HS that graves are routinely excavated and the bones removed for new occupants in Europe. Apparently it is no big deal over there.  

By Anonymous La Cot, at Mon Aug 23, 10:14:00 AM:

Spielberg? I think I'd rather Simon Pegg had a go at that project.  

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