Walkable City – Jiyugaoka (自由が丘)

  Jiyugaoka is one of five major town centers in Tokyo’s Meguro ward (目黒区), which is one of the city’s most densely populated wards, with 49,000 people per square mile. The two train stations which intersect here boast combined daily boardings of approximately 150,000 passengers (CBRE data). This commercial nucleus features a tremendous number of storefronts, all within a 6 minute walk of Jiyugaoka Station:     … Continue reading Walkable City – Jiyugaoka (自由が丘)

Narrow Streets Index

For a very thorough and extremely well illustrated explanation of the advantages of narrow streets, please see these definitive posts by A.A. Price: Human-Scale Streets and Narrow Streets. A.A. Price’s posts demonstrate viscerally the aesthetic value of narrow streets.  But how can we quantify this quality? First, we must look at what we mean by street width; does it refer to the width of the road itself, or the … Continue reading Narrow Streets Index

Kobe Photo Tour: Kitano-cho (北野町)

“…asked whether it was not all a dream… It was all so wonderful that I do not know how to describe this first glimpse of things never heard of, seen or dreamed of before…” ~Bernal Diaz del Castillo Today’s photo tour brings us to beautiful Kitano-cho (北野町) on the north edge of Kobe, where city meets mountain.  Not only is it one of Japan’s most … Continue reading Kobe Photo Tour: Kitano-cho (北野町)

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: . . . . Short Block Index Direction from Dongmen Station :: Short … Continue reading Taipei Map Analysis: Dongmen Station