Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Spontaneous Order: Dining in Detroit

Detroit's Diner en Blanc, held at Cadillac Square Park, was a huge success. While not up to par with the larger, international gatherings, I love the spontaneity and secrecy behind the event. There are only the necessary anarcho-rules to maintain appearance and order (attire and clean-up), with no permission and no permits.
On a recent Sunday evening, hundreds of people dressed in white converged on downtown Detroit's Cadillac Square Park. They carried folding tables, chairs, white tablecloths, candelabras and food — oodles of it. 
A swirl of white clothing and nappery quickly evolved into a formal flash mob dinner party in the urban canyon formed by the Compuware and First National Buildings.
Passersby gawked. The park's security guard was nonplussed. When he asked people who was in charge of this gathering, the answer every time was "we have no idea."
And they didn't.

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