should-roadside-memorials-be-banned

The New York Times’ Room For Debate blog has a very thought-provoking article on the question of whether roadside memorials for accident victims should be banned.

In the article, Room For Debate talks to a lawyer, an anthropologist, a filmmaker, a criminologist, and a photographer to get their views on the topic. I don’t see too many roadside memorials since I’m in the city, but I do see lots of ghost bikes (for cyclists who have been killed by motorists) and judging from those memorials, I don’t see much of a fuss over the use of public space for a private memorial. But apparently, roadside memorials touch upon a delicate line between church and state and arguments seem pretty strong on both sides.

Head on over to Room For Debate for the arguments.