Anyone else find it curious that Burning Man has a rigid, logical city plan that is strictly enforced?

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Burning Man, the annual free and open creative festival in the desert — where no one is allowed to use money, and anything goes — has a very logically organized and strictly enforced city plan (see above).  With a population of over 60,000, “Black Rock City” is laid out in a radial grid with specific dimensions for each street type.  Streets are named alphabetically in the annular direction and labeled according to clock position radially, making it easy to find a specific location.  There is a well-planned infrastructure for services throughout the city and specific rules about who can camp and park where, and with which sort of vehicle.  The radial design allows for easy expansion, while maintaining direct access to Center Camp, the region full of fixed and mobile art installations in the center of which the Man reaches his fiery end.  The city even has an airport on the south side, which accommodates private airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons and more.

I guess with a good plan, you can organize anything, even Burning Man…

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“Burning Man aerial” by Kyle Harmon from Oakland, CA, USA – Burning ManUploaded by PDTillman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

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One Response to Anyone else find it curious that Burning Man has a rigid, logical city plan that is strictly enforced?

  1. Lara says:

    That aerial shot is just amazing!

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