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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/2758

Title: Building suburbs in Japan: continuous unplanned change on the urban fringe
Authors: Sorensen, André
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Citation: TPR, 72 (3) 2001:247-273
Abstract: This paper examines suburban development on Tokyo's metropolitan fringe during the 1970-92 period and shows that to a very great extent the old patterns of sprawl that the 1968 planning system was designed to prevent have continued. Local governments have been hamstrung by the absence of adequate development control legislation. The most notable characteristic of the suburban case study area examined here is that it has been, and seems likely to continue to be, in a process of constant change. This is not merely a question of infilling of new houses, but rather a matter of significant incremental change in the very character of the area. Major new arterial roads are being pushed through existing neighborhoods, bringing blocks of apartments and new commercial land uses associated with highway strip development. The relative stability that characterises many suburban residential environments in other developed countries is notably absent here.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/2758
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