From the Forum – Advertising at a Cemetery!?!

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Advertising at a Cemetery!?!:

“I’m all for making charitable donations to worthy causes, but this seems a bit whoreish. Real Estate advertising on the main gate at Congressional Cemetery? Really? I know Congressional is an active cemetery, but this seems to have crossed a line. I mean, is the surrounding fence going to look like a minor league baseball outfield wall? Nascar type logos on the headstones? I don’t see how TTR or Congressional thought this was a good idea. Am I wrong?”

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  • Sorta hard to know what the OP is talking about with no photo or no clearer explanation for what is posted and exactly where. Also, if there is some type of real estate signage posted, when did OP see it? Real estate folks and others are notorious for sticking their signage in the public space and maybe this got located overnight before cemetery staff showed up. Ultimately far too many questions need to be answered about what the OP is even talking about before a legitimate conversation can commence about the topic itself.

  • They already allow and actively encourage people to let their dogs run around the cemetery so basically I think the people who run it just think of it like a normal park.

    • Andie302

      This provides 25% of their operating budget – you can see additional details here:

      • The article exaggerates the condition c. 1990. The biggest problems were the vandalized and damaged graves. still, the role of dog walkers in the cemetery cannot be underestimated and the pooches (and owners) have made it a pleasant place to visit. It’s drawing new burials and because of the interesting mix of people buried there, it’s a place I often bring out of town visitors.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Cemeteries built in the Victorian age were considered parks for the living. That’s why they have large lawns and pretty trees and statues and frequently have benches. They are for people to enjoy as parks as well as somewhere to put dead bodies.

  • Am now considering selling ad space on my eventual tombstone, with proceeds to support my favorite charities.

  • It is a cemetery that allows dogs to go to the bathroom on graves. Ads are the least offensive thing going on there.

    • I know…You’d be appalled at what some birds do to my family’s tombstone. Worse, there are ACTUAL corpses decomposing into the earth right near them, I mean how foul!

    • I bought a plot there BECAUSE of its unique nature, especially the membership dog park. Unlike a lot dreary and drab cemetaries, I like Congressional because the dogs and their humans walking around make the place feel like a celebration of life every day, and a place my loved ones would probably like to visit. I also could care less if after I’m gone some dog pees on my plot.

    • For decades Congressional was falling apart with pretty much no attention. It wasn’t that long ago that it was on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of most endangered places. The community that the dog owners developed is what brought the cemetery back from the brink of crumbling. so I don’t have a problem with that activity. And any way historically, cemeteries did function somewhat as parks or at least encouraged people to spend time there by providing a park-like setting.

      As for full-on advertisements – that does seem a bit tacky and a little questionable.

  • I have a loved one buried in the cemetery and visit frequently. I’ve seen the sign. It’s large and sort of tacky and doesn’t particularly encourage me to patronize the Realtor in question, but it doesn’t bother me at the cemetery any more than it would anywhere else. It’s hanging on the outside of the gate. It’s easy enough to forget about once I step inside.

  • Obviously this person hasn’t seen Nathan for You.

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