It's like any other event...
The larger it gets, the more infrastructure it takes. Look at the huge staff now - compared to 10 or 15 years ago. As BRC grows, so do the needs of the city - Just from my perspective, the odds are that there's gonna be a *lot* more people getting sick with this year's (my est.) 37,500 participants, as compared to when it was in the single digit thousands, more, um, "people with sticky fingers" will show up, making the jobs of the rangerrs (and the omnipresent County and BLM Law) more complex... just like a "real" city. (Hell, BRC *is* a real city, 7th Largest in Nevada and Growing!!).
Saw it happen at the renfaire up here in NorCal. I remember when it was a few dozen booths and a bunch of people playing, plenty of room to expand, put on by a former schoolteacher and her buds. A couple decades later it was a full blown corporation up to it's ears in hassles and security issues and packed into the valley it was in and getting deeper into the hassles of a multi-million dollar year round corporation, "employing" thousands. (ANd *that* was a spectator event, not a participant event).
It's the nature of things - Things that are concieved as counterculture are popular with the masses, and the more people go the more they tell their friends, and they go, etc., etc.,etc...
Not a big deal to me... I wouldn't mind seeing (are you ready for this) 75,000 participants. It *can* (and eventually will) happen, Black Rock can handle this no problem, and hopefully so can BORG. ... but you'll need a core group of "municipal" employees to pull it off - just like a city... and unless the "city council" (presently the LLC and their trusted advisors) start planning **now** for this eventuality, it will get shut down andd be over. I think the Nevada Prperties was an awesome idea (if we can get the county to side with us, not against us!!!) and a step in this direction... but I think in the next 10 years they'll need people doing functionlity stuff F/T year round that are only seasonal at best. (I'll be retired from ny "other" job in 7, so that works for me!!)
I just hope BRC is still hammering strong through then and beyond. WAY beyond.
That's my story, I'm stickin' to it!
Bay Bridge Sue