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]