Taipei Map Analysis: Dongmen Station

Here I compare four overlapping areas around Dongmen (東門) Station.  They are not distinct neighborhoods, just convenient rectangular areas.  The question is: which area is most interesting to walk in, north-west from the station, north-east, south-east, or south-west.

Here are the four areas shown at the 200 ft scale on Google Maps:

NW of 東門
NW of 東門

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NE of 東門
NE of 東門

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SE of 東門
SE of 東門

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SW of 東門
SW of 東門

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Short Block Index

Direction from Dongmen Station :: Short Block Index at scales of 50 ft / 100 ft / 200 ft

NW :: 4 / 6 / 6

NE :: 4 / 5 / 5

SE :: 9 / 7 / 5

SW :: 6 / 5 / ?     [not even going to count the 200 ft scale, as there are some giant blocks to the SW]

Based on the Short Block Index, we expect the most interesting streets to be SE and NW of the station.

Density of Commerce

Direction from Dongmen Station :: shops / grocery stores / eateries+cafes  [number of each, visible in Google Maps at 100 ft scale]

NW :: 8 / 2 / 18

NE :: 7 / 2 / 8

SE :: 19 / 2 / 24

SW :: 4 / 1 / 20

Based on these numbers, SE is the clear winner.

Here are the maps at the 100 ft scale:

NW of 東門
NW of 東門

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NE of 東門
NE of 東門

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SE of 東門
SE of 東門

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SW of 東門
SW of 東門

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And here are some bonus maps and street views of the area SE of the station:

Yongkang park, a two minute walk from exit 5, Dongmen Station.
Yongkang park, a three minute walk from exit 5, Dongmen Station.
dongmen SE yongkang park
Looking NW from in front of “H Gallery Hair Salon”.  Note that these streets are filled with storefronts, but only a few show up in Google Maps, even at 50 ft scale.
Looking west (zoomed in a bit) from the same location.
Looking west (zoomed in a bit) from the same location.
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