SF's real sister city


By Scribe
Like most of the roughly 16,000 San Franciscans who attend Burning Man, I had a hard time focusing on work this morning because of the announcement of where all of this year's theme camps would be placed in Black Rock City. It's like suddenly finding out whether you get to live in a cool neighborhood like the Mission or the Haight, in a party zone like SOMA, or whether you're going to be way out in the avenues or the Excelsior (Tribesters spent the morning commiserating or celebrating). Personally, I was stoked that my Ku De Ta camp was placed right next to Camp Katrina, the Burners Without Borders project that did hurricane cleanup on the Gulf Coast after last year's festival (which I covered and wrote about). In addition to burning art projects in the neverending campfire, just like we did in Mississippi, they'll be collecting used lumber at the end of the event to recycle through Habitat with Humanity. It's just the beginning of a concerted movement within the burner community to offset our environmental impacts. My sources say to look for some big announcements coming soon. I'll keep you posted on an exciting effort to combat criticisms of the event's consumptive role.