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Some Scenes of Urban Life
Some Scenes of Urban Life
Daniel Silver

It is inevitable that individuals who seek the same forms of excitement, whether that excitement be furnished by a horse race or by grand opera, should find themselves from time to time in the same places. The result of this is that in the organization which city life spontaneously assumes the population tends to segregate itself, not merely in accordance with its interests, but in accordance with its tastes or its temperaments. The resulting distribution of the population is likely to be quite different from that brought about by occupational interests or economic conditions. (Park, 1984: 43)

Robert Park wrote these lines in 1925. The present chapter suggests they remain as true now as they ...

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