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

The placed theme camp area changed in 2005. Theme camps were placed in such a way that they literally reached 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 extended two blocks into the city from the Esplanade. Ee thinned this region down to one broad block and lessened the theme camp presence south of Center Camp.

In 2005, theme camps extended into BRC at four locations. The 3 and 9 o'clock plazas featured 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 ran from the Esplanade at the 4:30 and 7:30 clock positions to the outer-most roads of Black Rock City. This served 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.

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

BRC 2005 City Plan

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