We live in a world where the idea of development is clearing land, making a place for building to be set it, then people move in for that activity, Rarely is it the case this happens on mass, allowing for growth in a way that we could call sustainable, as you can find towns that are the result of gold rushes, stories of 10 to 15 hotel towns, camps that became legitimised places that people lives in, but due to tenure and settlement patterns didn’t allow for those palce to remain fed by new people wanting to move into the area allowing for alternative employment opportunities, but some centres did thrive, but not in the pace that was seen in the US or parts of Africa.
So, when a place becomes settled, it is supported by services that in turn provide flow on effects and developed, it either grows from popularity or stagnates and possibly dies.
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If one activity is relied on, we essentially knock over the house of cards that is a town. Therefore diversity is the answer to resilience. Increasing the resolution of activities you can reduce the reliance on one industry.