San Francisco Enjoys Burning Man Break

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    NBC Bay Area
    A metal sculpture is seen in this file image captured at Burning Man.

    Something funny happened in the Mission District last week.

    Tables could be had at restaurants without an hour wait, drinks could be ordered at bars without a five-person-deep wait, and reservations at yoga studios were few and far between, according to the New York Times.

    It's the Burning Man exodus, and it ended Monday.

    With the completion of the annual party on the playa in the Black Rock Desert, so too ends the annual time of year when, somehow, parking can be had on Valencia Street, the newspaper noted.

    While hard science to support the long-held "pop wisdom" that a festival for 70,000 people somehow eases congestion in a tourist mecca of 837,000-plus has yet to be found, there's certainly something afoot.

    Tech-types who favor the Mission District, with its hipness and many tech buses shuttling people to and from good jobs in Silicon Valley, told the newspaper that their neighborhood was a virtual ghost town.

    Somehow, popular eatery Monk's Kettle had no people in it at 12:45 a.m. on a recent weekend, the newspaper reported.