Measuring Prosperity

When we talk about a main street being prosperous, we aren’t thinking of income per capita; we are thinking of wealth per square mile (or sqkm). Continue reading Measuring Prosperity

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Kobe Ninomiya Area

Analysis of the area NE of the Sannomiya Stations, around the Ninomiya Shotengai. Above: the highlighted area in the upper-left is the Kitano Ijinkan neighborhood.  The highlighted area at the bottom is the subject area. The streets above are highlighted hierarchically as follows: – Magenta:      Covered arcades and open-air shopping streets. – Red:             “Busy” Boulevards. – Orange:    … Continue reading Kobe Ninomiya Area

Kobe Asahidori & Kumoidori

Analysis of the area east of the Sannomiya Stations; Asahidori (旭通) and Kumoidori (雲井通). This 0.14 square km (35 acres) area had a 2005 census population of about 2,500.  This is an unusually high residential population density (~45,000/sqmi) for an area so close to the commercial center. Streets are highlighted hierarchically as follows: – Magenta (straight east-west): Open air shopping street (shotengai). – Other Magenta: Station Direct … Continue reading Kobe Asahidori & Kumoidori

Kobe Isogami Park

Map from feel-kobe.jp  [red marker added] Analysis of the area SE of Sannomiya Stations; Onoedori (小野柄通), Gokodori (御幸通), Isogamidori (磯上通), Isobedori (磯辺通), and Hamabedori (浜辺通). The area has a bit of a de-industrialised feel, consistent with its much shrunken population (a dramatic decline between 1920 and 1960; a considerable recovery between 1988 and 2005).  Isogamidori is representative of these two demographic shifts, visible in all the … Continue reading Kobe Isogami Park

Kobe Foreign Settlement (神戸・旧居留地)

Map from feel-kobe.jp  [red marker added] Analysis of the Foreign Settlement area SW of Sannomiya Stations.  Not to be confused with the Kitano Ijinkan Area. The Foreign Settlement occupies a roughly 1/3 square kilometer (80 acre) area SW of Sannomiya; basically the whole area between the Center-Gai arcades and Kaigan-Dori (the wide surface avenue running along the coast). Notable characteristics of the Foreign Settlement: – Wide sidewalks and … Continue reading Kobe Foreign Settlement (神戸・旧居留地)

Nagano Chuo-Dori

The streets above are highlighted hierarchically as follows: – Magenta:    Covered arcades and open-air shopping streets (de-facto car free). – Magenta block on right side:  Gondo subway station (長野電鉄・権堂駅).  The large building on the west side is a station-direct-linked (駅直結) supermarket & department store. – Cyan:           Quasi-SLOW street. – Red:             “Busy” Boulevards. – Orange:    … Continue reading Nagano Chuo-Dori