I wanted to start this thread in the 2004 file, but of the three listed, I didn’t find it appropriate in any of them. I’ve seen post after post of criticism of Burning Man. Mostly due to run-ins with yahoos, frat boys, and sleeze bags. All the recommendations I’ve seen for correcting the situation, is generally along the line of closing the gates early, or restricting ticket sales during the event. Well I wanted to start some radical thinking on how to really start change for the better, and try to keep most people happy in the process. This is what I’ve come up with. Before anyone starts to tear me or my idea apart, please try to genuinely look at how this may affect the event. What I’m proposing is a change to layout of Black Rock City itself. I’ll do my best to explain. Perhaps the most common reason given for the problems surfacing at BRC is the size that it’s grown to. The layout I’ve come up with I think addresses this problem. Instead of creating one massive city, I think it should be broken up into several individual communities within BRC. The outline I’ve drawn up should give a good idea. Let’s say we create five individual camps (cities) in a circular design. Each city would have it’s own esplanade, either on the inner ring, or on the outer ring. The secondary rings and back, would contain the camping areas. People could choose which city they want to camp in based on what they relate to the most. The outer cities could contain the sound camps, possibly have one city dedicated to the more overtly sexual camps, and the others could be decided later, or just variously art themed cities. The two bottom cities, near center camp city, could contain Hushville, or Kidsville. These are just ideas, but you get where I’m coming from. I believe that splitting BRC up like this would bring back the closer-knit community spirit that seems to fade the larger the event grows. Residents of each city would be more than welcome to travel to the other cities. Creating smaller communities would also allow us to better identify where the problems lie. A lot of criticism is directed towards certain camps, or the people that choose to affiliate themselves with those camps. Smaller communities within BRC would allow people to choose where, and with whom, they want to reside and remain all inclusive. The current configuration of BRC is one massive strip of camps and campers, and can be difficult to get to know your neighbors based on lifestyle and other factors. Not to mention it adds to the difficulty of watching over your belongings and camp in general. I only ask that this be taken into consideration. I really just wanted to open discussion on genuine ways to make everyone’s experience more enjoyable. I’m sure there will be criticism of this idea as well, but I haven’t heard many ideas to improve Burning Man that didn’t involve restricting admittance. This is just a rough image of what I have in mind. Well, what do you think?
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