“The dead are in the way of the living”

I’m researching the history of San Francisco’s city cemeteries.  Pouring through turn-of-the-century issues of the SF Call has me fascinated.  A few quotations from the Call’s journalists as they report on the fight to close the cemeteries to make way for parks and roads and golf courses:

“The Richmond district people have always felt that the cemeteries within the city’s limits should be removed to accommodate the westward growth of the city, and that the dead should not retard the progress.”

“Cemeteries, like people, must move onward to make room for those pressing behind.”

“The cemeteries block the westward growth of the city and the dead are in the way of the living.”