11/01/2012 01:42 pm ET

America's Looming Burial Crisis

We already know aging baby boomers are causing big shifts in the consumer marketplace: knee replacement surgeries have surged and public service ads warning seniors about STDs have cropped up on the sides of buses. The hospice care industry is booming and Tommy Lee Jones is playing lead roles in romantic comedies.

Of all the baby boomer spending concerns urban planning professor Chris Coutts could be worrying about, cemeteries might not come to mind at the top of the list. But demand for cemetery space is set to soar in the coming years here in America, and as it turns out, a suitable supply of cemetery space is already looking pretty scarce.

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