Nagano Chuo-Dori

Aerial highlighted hierarchy
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:       “Quiet” Boulevards.
– Yellow:        Woonerfs & Narrow Streets.
– Green:         Laneways.  Only a fraction (1/2?) are highlighted.

Note that the highlighted area lies within a single island of walkability.

The Hierarchy of Japanese Streets categorizes the highlighted streets as follows* (with stats given for this area specifically):
Streets Hierarchy Stats
Hierarchy Spectrogram

1) Only a fraction (1/2?) of the Laneways are counted and highlighted (green).
2) The “Quiet Boulevards” here mostly lack bollards and street trees.
3) Some of the streets classified here as “Busy Boulevards” lack physically protected sidewalks.  They are coded in red because they prioritize vehicular traffic (by allowing unfriendly vehicle speeds, or by enveloping the pedestrian space with parking).  Thus they are in some sense worse than the regular “Busy Boulevard”, because they are unpleasant to walk along (not just unpleasant to cross).

Streets Hierarchy, Illustrated

Level 6, covered arcades and open-air shopping streets:

Level 6A

Level 5, quasi SLOW street:
South end 29 metal benches

Level 4, “Busy Boulevard”:
Level 4 Busy Blvd
Quasi-Level 4, quasi “Busy Boulevard” (lacks physically protected sidewalks):Level 4 Busy Boulevard without real sidewalks

Level 3, “Quiet Boulevard”:
Level 3 Quiet Blvd

Level 2, Woonerfs and Narrow Streets:
Level 2 Woonerf

Level 1, Residential Laneways:
Level 1 Laneway with bikesLevel 1 Laneway


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