It is well known now that that the paranormality of zones of dereliction functions by means of the so called vacuum effect. This eponymous vacuum is something of a misnomer though the point is well taken. A given vector region may be conceptually (pneuminously) imbued with the multi-story car-park accretion. The community continually reinforce this accretion by their pneuminous interactions with it. However when lack of finance and minor structural damage render the car-park closed, the accretion begins to crumble.
The rapid decay of pneuminous accretions creates a vacuum like effect. The previous perpetual reinforcement of these structures has suddenly stopped. They do persist but are immediately weakened and it is this fairly rapid collapse that attracts certain other powers to fill the gap. It is not properly understood why these forces are attracted to decaying pneuminous regions though the clue may be in exactly such a notion.
There is some speculation that the accretions themselves, as they decay, release their latent energy which in turn is attractive to various of the beings that inhabit the pure pneuminous realms. In this way it might analogous to how bacteria and fungi are attracted to decaying matter, or possibly like carrion feeders are attracted to dead creatures. The scale cannot be currently determined.
Whatever the attraction, research has revealed that sudden lack of attention to objects gives the same depleted pneuminous effect which attracts certain forces. Interestingly it also confirms that whilst the accretion initially decays rapidly, at least 50% of it is forms a deep structure which is extremely difficult to remove from the vector region to which it is attached. This remaining amount breaks down extremely slowly over time. Whether the beings that attracted come only for the rapid release or for the slower breakdown (or even if different types come for different breakdowns) is not understood.
The aforementioned paranormality of these regions then is generally understood to be a product of the beings that come to inhabit the absence left by the accretion decay/withdrawal. Human experienced interactions may be accidental or may be intentional attempts by the beings to feed on the pneuminous structure of the unfortunate human or to simply warn them off from interfering with their activity. Humans of course do not usually come into contact with such beings as much of their world is under constant pneuminous reinforcement which prevents such entities from manifesting (in any significant manner).
There may be other factors involved though. General energetics have long since held that places that have ‘good’ energy are often extremely harmonious in appearance. A beautiful woodland glade of dappled light and humming life is said to have good energy and the fact we find it so beautiful is a reflection of this general energetic state. Given the nature of pneuma, this must entail (for any creature that has some sense of beauty) a kind of positive feedback loop. For example, the system (glade) is extremely positive to the encountering organism, that is, it is in itself already positive in a sense. The aesthetic appreciation of the organism for the system then accretes these kinds of positive pneuminous structures onto the system (beauty etc.). This pneuminous accretion only serves to enhance the region to more beautiful/positive level. This effect may be only slight but we know it to be real and it might be more than slight.
Zones are not known for bringing about perceptions of beauty, often being considered ugly eyesores by many inhabitants of the town/city/region where the zone is. However the growing appreciation of zonal regions as having their own aesthetic qualities worthy of attention could, theoretically, undermine some of this negative attitude towards them. This attitude change, disrupts the insufficient dichotomy of good energy/bad energy. Stagnancy and dereliction have certainly been thought of as forces inimical to humans, however the re-perception of zones as being imbued with a certain wonder places a spanner in the works of a ‘place with bad energy’.
To be clear we illustrate here only a theoretical possibility, however it is still worth discussing. If the feedback mechanism between accretion and the underlying nature of the vector region is significant (i.e. if the beauty etc accretions are making the place more positive to any significant degree) then the perception of the zonal regions as interesting, awesome even beautiful themselves, will significantly alter their sometimes hostile nature.
This speculation then involves that the beings that are attracted to the zones are not simply there to feast upon the decaying pneuma, but are also there by virtue of the negative accretive qualities that are accreted to the regions. An alteration (admittedly one would need nearly everyone to adopt this attitude) in the accretions that form on zonal regions would then potentially significantly alter the energy of the place itself.
We are (culturally) extremely familiar with the positive energy of harmonious places and negative energy of unpleasant ones. Even, the beautiful place that houses poison is a comprehended trope. However the zonal energy transmuted through the positive gaze is not a common idea. Even currently interested people still are fascinated largely because of the negativity, because the places are creepy and strange; this make the re-perception only partial. The alchemical transformation of such a proper reperceiving might bring about a rarely encountered form of energy. Similarly the beings attracted to zones would be of a different order. Owing to the speculative nature of the enquiry, possible functions of such an energy are not yet even guessable, however research in zonetology is always progressing.