Monday, February 2, 2009

Tell Me There's Not a Story Here!


A friend of mine pointed me to this site: Paved Paradise: Cemeteries in Parking Lots. Tell me there isn't an urban fantasy story writer out there waiting to use something like this!? What's funny is that having looked through these pictures I realize that Minneapolis (where I'm from) has something a bit like this in the Lake Street Cemetery, which is this strange, ancient cemetery smack in the middle of a completely urban area. Lake Street Cemetery, however, is much, much larger than these appear to be, but it still has that eerie, out of time feel to it.

10 comments:

Casey said...

Ah...cemeteries! There's a subject I can't help but comment about! We've got the same sort of thing around here (northeast Ohio), lots of old cemeteries that have been hemmed in by the growth of cities. Always interesting to see how things have changed. The oldest cemetery in Cleveland, Erie Street, was once located where there's a downtown parking garage now. Early settlers put it there because for them, it was out in the country. As Cleveland grew up around it, they moved the cemetery farther out. Now it's directly across the street from Progressive Field, where the Cleveland Indians play!

Jess Granger said...

Old cemeteries are creepy and interesting, but it's sad to me that they get usurped like that by pavement.

Jess

Angie Fox said...

I think it's kind of cool. Then again, I like cemeteries. My family teases me because we'll be on vacation somewhere, see an interesting old cemetery and I have to check it out.

But I was just at Target (my second home) and I can tell you there are no cemeteries like that in the middle of any parking lots in St. Louis. We usually move folks. Or, in the case of the Flood of '93, they move themselves.

Brandy said...

Right across from a local WW and closeted on both sides is a cemetary near our home. It's just odd. Then there's the 100 year old Church that was torn down recently (that had it's own cemetary), they left the cemetary and put an Olive Garden in front of it!

Estella said...

Interesting post.
I have never heard of cemeteries being hemmed in by asphalt. Guess I'm just a small town person.

Ann Aguirre said...

Olive Garden by the cemetery? That so sounds like a paranormal rom-com.

Natalie Hatch said...

I don't think there's anything like this here in Australia. Certainly we have whole suburbs of cemeteries in the cities but one in a parking lot? Who would have thought.

Lori T said...

I think that cemeteries are very interesting. That is quite an interesting picture.

Angie Fox said...

That's what I was thinking - I'd love to write Brandy's Olive Garden cemetery into a book one of these days.

tate hallaway said...

I'm a huge fan of cemeteries, too. When I visited Europe, part of our tourist plan was to stop at all the good cemeteries -- Highgate in London, Pere LaChaise in Paris.... for a long time we had pictures of graves on our living room wall.