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Gone but not forgotten

May 21 2009
San Francisco erects memorial plaques along the pavements where the city‘s homeless have died. The Department of Public Works in San Francisco is piloting a scheme to erect memorial plaques along the pavements where the city's homeless have died. The project is the brainchild of Ian Brennan, a record producer who regularly commutes to San Francisco from his home in Los Angeles. He was struck by the plight of homeless people in the city and approached the Board of Supervisors with the idea. Supervisors Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi, who both approved the scheme, are also outspoken supporters of the homeless community in their districts. The final vote was unanimous. The human-shaped memorials will be around 2 feet by 2 feet, inscribed with details about the deceased's life and the circumstances of their death. Mr Brennan said the monuments were not intended to be provocative, or a 'guilt trip', but if people were shaken by the plaques, the reaction would, "obviously illustrate the problem really well." It is not known how soon the new scheme will come into effect, or whether recent deaths will be commemorated.