Burning Man feeling heat from economy

For 22 years, San Franciscans have been participating in the Burning Man festival, now held in the Nevada desert. But this year, the burn has competition from other corners, including many regulars’ pocketbooks.

Ticket prices rose, from $280 in 2007 to $295 in 2008, while paychecks likely have not.

“The cheaper tickets sold out quickly, and with food, supplies and expensive gas to get there,
the costs add up quickly,” San Franciscan Christina Aburto-Vite said.

Palo Alto resident Don McCasland, who has attended the annual art event since 1997, has a family wedding this year that will keep him away. He said he and fellow Burning Man friends plan to gather this weekend for a private “festival” in Marin County.

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