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Welcome to the new plan for Black Rock City 2005

Black Rock City has grown every year, and the challenges of preserving an intimacy of community have grown with it. In response, we've looked at our city plan with fresh eyes, and decided to take an evolutionary step in this grand experiment called Burning Man.

You may have noticed on the plan that the placed theme camp area has changed this year. We are excited to announce that theme camps will be placed in such a way that they literally reach into our communities, thus freeing up more open, non-reserved camping areas closer to Center Camp and the Esplanade, the main promenade of Black Rock City.

In the past, reserved theme camp space has extended two blocks into the city from the Esplanade. This year we have thinned this region down to one broad block and lessened the theme camp presence south of Center Camp.

In 2005, theme camps will extend into BRC at four locations. The 3 and 9 o'clock plazas will feature more theme camps extending for two additional blocks behind them, enhancing these communities that have continued to flourish at Burning Man over the last several years.

Most significantly, new theme camp boulevards now extend from the Esplanade at the 4:30 and 7:30 clock positions to the outer-most roads of Black Rock City. This serves to break down the division between theme camps and the rest of the city, blurring the line between "suburb" and "city", and creating neighborhoods -- or sub-communities -- oriented toward active participation.

With this new redistribution, it is hoped that Burning Man participants will have more opportunities for intimate connections with their community. We look forward to seeing how it all plays out.

Note that the outer ring around Center Camp is called "Feedback Loop".

Several banks of porta-potties this year will have one combination-locked potty reserved exclusively for people with disabilities. They will be found at the 9:30, 8:00, 6:00, 4:00 and 2:30 radial arms, at Delirium. For more information, email playawheels (at) burningman (dot) com.

BRC 2005 City Plan

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