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)

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)

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

What I learned from #StreetOfTheDay

A Tribute to the photo collections of N. Lewis and D. Boxall My bad habit is looking at pictures of beautiful streets.  I can stare at them for hours in a state of total wonderment.  Because they feel comfortable, safe, welcoming, alive… and nobody seems to know why. But recently, I began to notice a pattern; the best streets all fit the same basic form with regard … Continue reading What I learned from #StreetOfTheDay