Oso wrote:Oh man, I just shoulda kept my fingers away from thread posting or maybe just quietly posted under another thread, such as "What a effin joke" or "Build a tunnel"!
I'm a dreamer, and we all know that there isn't any place for that here. Anyways, it's just a stupid discussion thread that won't make much of a difference to Burning Man or the world at large. Or.........
Okay, so at the risk of getting toasted:
(A) We all know that there IS enough space to expand the population out on the playa.
(B) There are creative ways of the handling the traffic to enable this expansion - like registering for a specific times to arrive and leave (there will always be a few emergencies and exceptions). Most events, including this one, have immutable start times and end times. Tickets could indicate your "time window" for arrival and departure. I would prefer knowing when I have to arrive and leave rather than no admission at all (the present situation). Anyways, that's one idea.
stretch80: I wasn't criticizing you, I'm with you.
svetlanaxx: Thanks, you're the greatest. And you're sooo right.
I have recently decided that I needed to step up and not just shoot other eplayian's ideas down. Maybe offer suggestions of my own. I have a good working understanding of Gate and exodus. I have read the published contingency plans for BRC. I read the BLM permit and all assorted public info related to that permit (what the exclusion zone is, the laws that will be enforced, etc...). I volunteer with BM and help at the gate. I definitely have opinions.
For instance, the airport is in its current location because that spot is the least dusty location around BRC. and frankly, in the best weather we have airplanes crash there. So moving the airport is not a good idea.
Having traffic travel from Jungo road to BRC is kinda complicated, due to the fact that there is a FAA approved runway. A) It is illegal to drive across the runway B) when people do, a plane might be landing - not cool (yes, I have seen near misses). So, to make that plan work, the playa would need to be clearly marked with a fence (like Gate road) and the dust would need to miss the airport completely. That would mean that a second gate would have to exist at the east side of the city. (of course it would need to have the same gate infrastructure as the main gate, again not impossible but even if there were two gate entrances you would need 50-75 experienced people to make it work). From my research I believe that Jungo road is not a good option for 98% of the Burners travelling to BRC. So it would need to be improved in order to be used by more burners. Again, not impossible but requiring more thought.
Yes, the playa is huge. There is no problem there. I believe that us, the citizens of BRC can have a LNT (leave no trace) event, no problem. We need workable solutions on getting the burners into and out of the city. A managed solution which will meet the BLM's requirements and that is actually doable. My idea above might work. ?? It would require a lot of planning and at least 100 more trained gate staff and at least 60 exodus staff. (among other things, plus cones, fence, actual physical gate sheds, etc...) Plus it would need approval of the BLM. this might give us 10% more people. I am not sure...
So, what is your idea to get more people on the playa???