Basically, there's a lot of important history lying literally underneath and within our inner-city cemeteries. The native plant restoration movement has grown strong in Texas, with an eye to water conservation (top priority in… · More Texas). Why not engage the Wildflower Center, TPWD, NRDC and other partners to develop native plant stocks appropriate for Austin. Re-design our historic cemeteries with natives; create solar shaded information stations; ask Google to micro-map key grave sites; hire historians to outline the history of the city's forefathers and mothers for online access and GPS locating (using Google micro-mapping for onsite walking tours), create websites for educational information, encourage heritage tourism and incorporation of cemeteries into school history classes, revitalize surrounding neighborhoods with new businesses catering to visitors, promote/market each project. This project would reduce water usage (Texas' #1 conservation priority); provide jobs for historians and native plant growers/sellers; it would encourage a new type of tourism; educate citizens of all ages about regional history; provide new curricula for K-12 and students of all ages; involve landscape architects and web developers; draw-in the religious community (many own the cemeteries but cannot afford maintenance); and more.
Idea Developer, Tumblr · I was part of a team of founders of a project called South Texas Natives, a native plant restoration project focusing on South… · More Texas ranches. It was based at TAMUK and involved TXDoT (ca. 2001-2003). When living in San Antonio years later, the idea came upon me while visiting historic cemeteries - many of which have lovely monuments but which are not well kept - that they could be landscaped beautifully with water-saving native plants. For more: https://carolynmappleton.tumblr.com/post/17052542297/the-dearly-departed-restoring-historic.