Providence moves to limit roadside memorials

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 Thursday empowers the city director of public works and the police to remove them. Councilman Nicholas Narducci Jr. told The Providence Journal that some memorials infringe on private property, block businesses, and become a gathering spot for trouble makers.