What Burning Man Taught Me About Cities by @thisbigcity

American front porch culture is alive at Burning Man and flourishes in the layout of its dusty streets. Many folks set up folding chairs in front of their camp and wave at passersby. The frequent neighborly, sincere behavior reminded me of small lake towns in the midwest, where people vacation in the summer. Again, the architectural goals are interaction and community. This doesn’t eliminate conflict or social tension. On the contrary, some camps are really loud or purposefully obnoxious. One of my neighbors believed in creative destruction. That is, he treated people in a very prickish way, believing that his negativity would bring out people’s positivity. I disagreed, but also understood that Burning Man’s principle of radical inclusion meant that he had a right to be there and be a prick.

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/448051

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