Burning Man LLC, which puts on the 50,000-person Burning Man arts festival in the desert every year, is
moving its headquarters
to the mid-Market area, it was announced today.

Combined with the retention of Twitter and not to mention the coming opening of a Pearls’ Deluxe Burgers, could we be looking at the next Tribeca here?

Burning Man has been negotiating with the city on a move for awhile, with or without the tax break for area companies that was passed yesterday, it has claimed.

Sounds fishy, but considering that this is an organization that doesn’t allow cash transactions on its festival grounds, one might have to take that at face value.

Also, “the Burning Man offices are currently located on the edge of the Bayview district in an anonymous office park near a sewage treatment plant,” the SF Public Press says. And when you put it that way…

Here’s Harley K. Dubois, City Manager of the annual temporary community at Black Rock, talking to KQED News intern Shannon Service about the reasons the organization wants to make the move.

Harley Dubois on Burning Man’s move to mid-Market[audio:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/04/BurningManHarveyDubois.mp3|titles=BurningManHarveyDubois]

And here’s Burning Man founder Larry Harvey himself, calling the neighborhood “very like Black Rock city” in its diversity. “As humble immigrants into this neighborhood, we mean to contribute to a neighborhood that is already vital,” he said.

Larry Harvey on the move[audio:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/04/BurningManLarryHarvey.mp3|titles=BurningManLee]

And here’s Mayor Ed Lee making the announcement:

Ed Lee says Burning Man coming to mid-Market[audio:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/04/BurningManLee.mp3|titles=BurningManLee]

And here’s an area worker discussing his thoughts on the tax break:

Parking worker Cesar Montalvo thinks he’ll get more work, but doesn’t like the tax break[audio:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/04/BurningManCesarMontalvo.mp3|titles=BurningManCesarMontalvo]

Burning Man to Move Headquarters to Mid-Market; Audio: Larry Harvey, Ed Lee 6 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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