This Moment In Gentrification: Point Breeze Finally Gets The Burning Man That, Oh, Say, 18% Of Residents Wanted
Lord knows that poor old Point Breeze has not been having what you’d call an enjoyable gentrification. Whereas neighborhoods like Fishtown and NoLibs and East Passyunk have been content enough to say, “Well, how about we let whatever rage we have about this just be taken up by salty looks and indigenous young men stealing iPods and calling the newbs various gender-slurs?,” over in Point Breeze, it’s gotten heady, and heavy. Neighbor against neighbor. Race and class cards thrown like dice. Disagreements about what to call the place at all. Is there anything, many have wondered, that can bring this community together?
Artist Jebney Lewis and some UArts kids have at least one suggestion: The Super Creature Of Power And Energy, which will be raised, like some goofy hipster version of an Amish barn, on Saturday at 22nd and Point Breeze Avenue as part of the Commotion Festival, of which it is one of the centerpiece attractions. Yes, it looks like Burning Man. But kind of like a robot, too. As far as we know (and hope, for the safety of all), The Super Creature Of Power And Energy will not be burned at the end of the festival. Although we suspect that many who have forgotten to apply an appropriate amount of sunscreen will.