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Coachella fest outdoes itself as a rollicking Sim City

Coachella fest outdoes itself as a rollicking Sim City

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival doesn't yet have its own ZIP Code, but at this point maybe it should.

With a population that swells from zero to more than 90,000 people over the course of a day, the weekend festival at peak hour is about three times the size of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Concluding the first of back-to-back weekends in Indio on Sunday, Coachella in its 16th year filled its vast, well-tended acreage with an efficiently run system that inspired confidence at nearly every turn. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Coachella Vista, a Sim City writ large — cultural barometer, fashion trendsetter, sociology experiment, musical mecca.

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