Qinzhou, Zhongshan Park (广西钦州市中山公园)

钦州 有意思的地方 #B。 中山公园。这个公园看起来特别高大上。 往东走 0.3 km 就是热闹的人民路。 往东走 0.6 km 就到河底公园和钦江: 北边有长度 1.5 km 的沿水路。 往北走 0.8 km 就到一个购物天堂。 中山公园南边的二马路是一个“家具街”: 中山公园: Continue reading Qinzhou, Zhongshan Park (广西钦州市中山公园)

Qinzhou, Guangxi (广西钦州市)

钦州 有意思的地方 #A。 永福广场。这个广场有树有水。我把它叫做永福公园。 过路就是河。 往北走 0.6 km 就到 河堤公园 / 二马路。 往北走 1.4 km 就到 商店街(新兴街)。 往北走 2.1 km 就到 中心花园 。 往北走 2.6 km 到 新阳街的“年年丰广场”购物天堂。 往南走 0.5 km 就到 五马路。 上面的红线大部分是中山路: 新兴街的“青城金街”加州式 购物天堂: (离永福广场 1.4 km) 新阳街的年年丰(离永福广场 2.6 km): 年年丰。左边是人民路,右边是新阳街: 永福广场的南边是钦州市第一小学 小学的南边又是一个公园:钦州市小董起义烈士墓. This area has a wide river road that seems to have little traffic. 河边有一条路,看起来车很少。 Excellent for biking: 骑车挺好: 永福公园西边的小商店什么的: 永福广场跟河中间的树: … Continue reading Qinzhou, Guangxi (广西钦州市)

Benches of Nagano: Chuo Street

Chuo-Dori, the Main Street of Nagano, runs north to Zenkoji temple from near JR Nagano Station.  This tour shows only the section north of Showa-Dori, where the vehicular road has been narrowed, and the pedestrian infrastructure has been upgraded. This street is a quasi-S.L.O.W. street; it shares most of the characteristic physical qualities, but has traffic in both directions.  It has many parallels to State … Continue reading Benches of Nagano: Chuo Street

Transparency & Complexity

Taking R. Ewing’s “Eight Qualities of Pedestrian- and Transit-Oriented Design” as a starting point, I examine numbers 4 & 5: transparency & complexity.  Applying these concepts to Nagano’s Chuo-Dori, I demonstrate their usage in describing walkability, and think about ways in which they can be further improved. To start with my conclusions: From a walkability perspective, the key value of complexity lies in preventing walking from … Continue reading Transparency & Complexity

Walking in Kamakura

The walkability of central Kamakura is defined by three north-south spines: The Komachi-Dori Shotengai (nighttime walk-through video) Car-free Hokoten every day from 4 pm to 7 pm (Sundays and holidays 10 am to 4 pm). Stretches 590 meters (1,940 feet) north from Kamakura Station (JR East and Enoshima/Enoden lines) to Hachimangu Shrine. The Onari-Dori Shotengai (daytime walk-through video) Car-free Hokoten every day from 4 pm … Continue reading Walking in Kamakura

The Shibuya You Don’t Know

Stock photos and televised clips of Shibuya usually depict only the iconic scramble intersection, but there is a lot more to this central Tokyo neighborhood. In fact, in Shibuya’s liveliest commercial districts, you never have to wait to cross the street (these are the “Nightlife Alleys” described in The Hierarchy of Japanese Streets). The following screenshots from Walking in Shibuya at night by Rambalac reveal a true pedestrian … Continue reading The Shibuya You Don’t Know

Directions to IHJ (International House of Japan)

I have two recommendations for walking to the International House of Japan (IHJ): A 10 minute scenic tour. A 10 minute mole tour (if you want to minimize your time outdoors). The scenic option offers a complete crash course in walkable urbanism, hidden in the most mundane details. As I have written elsewhere, most of our knowledge about how to build a walkable city has yet … Continue reading Directions to IHJ (International House of Japan)