Kyoto Photo Tour: Shopping Arcades – 商店街

Kyoto has a cluster of three arcades.  The longest is the Teramachi Arcade, which runs parallel to the Shinkyogoku Arcade, and orthogonal to the relatively short Cupola Sanjo Arcade. East end of Cupola Sanjo: North end of Teramachi Arcade (looking south): North end of Teramachi Arcade – just inside: . South end of Teramachi Arcade (looking north): South end of Shinkyogoku Arcade (looking north, with … Continue reading Kyoto Photo Tour: Shopping Arcades – 商店街

Yokohama Photo Tour: Moving Sidewalk (動く歩道) from Landmark Tower

Much like Ebisu Garden Place, Yokohama Landmark Tower is connected to the nearest train station (JR Sakuragicho) by a fully roofed moving sidewalk. #桜木町駅 #連絡橋 #ランドマークタワー . Although the moving sidewalk is not directly connected to the station, the gap between the two is fully roofed: . . . . . In addition to the moving sidewalk, there are quite a few non-moving sidewalks at … Continue reading Yokohama Photo Tour: Moving Sidewalk (動く歩道) from Landmark Tower

In Depth: Nicollet Mall LRT Station Neighborhood

 – South 6th St, west of Nicollet Mall (between Hennepin & Nicollet) – The north side has four eating/drinking establishments, all with outdoor dining (The Oceanaire, Ike’s, Murray’s, and Lyon’s Pub): . The south side of the street is a dismal scene, featuring a totally unsheltered bus stop, and not a single commercial enterprise (the nearby doors to Office Depot are locked): . – South … Continue reading In Depth: Nicollet Mall LRT Station Neighborhood

Versus! – Downtowns: Minneapolis vs Toronto

Minneapolis: . . Short Block Index ~3.  For the purposes of calculating the SBI, Nicollet Mall counts as a street, because it carries a high volume of pedestrian traffic.  I have chosen not to count the Skyway intersections, because the Skyway system in Minneapolis is not well integrated with the city streets, physically or socially. Number of businesses* shown at 100 foot scale: 31. (*businesses of … Continue reading Versus! – Downtowns: Minneapolis vs Toronto

Link: Pedestrian Arcades (Shotengai)

“Shōtengai, sometimes referred to as arcades in English, are focal points of community life in Japan. They come covered and open air. Some may be formally pedestrianized either all or part of the day, while the remainder usually become de facto pedestrian, as the narrow lane and heavy volume of foot and bicycle traffic preclude all but the most determined drivers. After the large umbrella … Continue reading Link: Pedestrian Arcades (Shotengai)