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Nov 9th 2010 11:34AM That urine smell you may have noticed in the French Quarter is from the tourists that come to town, go to Bourbon St., drink way too much, and have no concern for the people and property here. Locals don't pee in the streets; we have more respect for our city than that.
Also, Madsahader, the above-ground mausoleums are not built due to the city being on a swamp, contrary to popular belief. There are traditional in-ground graves in the city. Quite a few, in fact. T
he tradition of above ground burial was established near the end of the eighteenth century. The Governor of Louisiana was from Spain and his Spanish/European influence was felt at all levels of New Orleans society, including the funerary arts. At the time, in Spain, it was fashionable to be buried above ground, and New Orleanians, despite the fact that they were on the edge of the frontier of the New World, wanted to adopt current trends and fashions.