Sunday, October 9, 2011

Burning Man and the City

Just returned from this year's Decompression, a party going on right now in San Francisco to wind down after everyone has returned from Black Rock City.

While it's only a fraction of the experience of what it's like to spend a week on the Playa, being at Decompression for a few hours today in the middle of my home city -just a few yards from where I hop on the train for my daily commute- really gave me a sense of what it would be like if cities behaved more like Burning Man . I'll let last year's post-Burning Man post stand as my depiction of what cities can learn from Black Rock City. Decompression doesn't retain much of the gifting economy of BRC, but mapping the positive energy and creativity of the Playa onto the hard industrial streets of Potrero Hill/Dogpatch really leaves an impression of what a rare and magical experience our cities could be, if they were not so constrained.

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