- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence officials are considering an ordinance that would allow city workers to remove the makeshift memorials that often pop up at the sites of fatal accidents, killings and other tragedies.

The memorials - usually consisting of candles, stuffed toys, flowers, liquor bottles and photographs -can linger for years, becoming a safety issue as well as an eyesore.

An ordinance revision approved by the City Council on Thursday empowers the city director of public works and the police to remove them.

Councilman Nicholas Narducci Jr. tells The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/P8Hvss ) that some memorials infringe on private property, block businesses and become a gathering spot for trouble makers. He says at one memorial, people used to show up in the wee hours of the morning and fire guns. He suggests a 30-day limit.

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