Part 3: Forces of Decline and Regeneration
Chapter 13: The self-destruction of diversity
Chapter 13, p 256-258
p255. These forces…are: the tendency for outstanding successful diversity in cities to destroy itself; the tendency for massive single elements in cities…cast a deadening influence, the tendency for population instability to counter the growth of diversity and the tendency for both public and private money to glut or to starve development and change…
p256. The first of these powerful forces is the tendency for outstanding success in cities to destroy itself – purely as a result of being successful…
The winners in the competition for space will represent only a narrow segment of the many uses that together created sucess. Whichever one of the few uses have emerged as most profitable in the locality will be repeated and repeated, crowding out and overwhelming less profitable forms of uses….
p257. But the triumph is hollow. A most intricate and successful organism of economic mutual support and social mutual support has been destroyed by the process. From this point on, the locality will gradually be deserted by people using it for purposes other than those that have emerged triumphant from the competition – because the other purposes are no longer there. Both visually and functionally, the place, becomes more monotonous.