Urban regeneration

Japan has an interesting mix of new and old architecture in its cities.  Next to a shiny skyscraper, you can actually find an old wooden house. A lot of older buildings are torn down when vacated, especially when a family moves out of a house.  A new house is usually built to replace it.  There’s a constant regeneration happening in the cities.  One particular place is about to undergo regeneration. That’s the south side of Futamatagawa Station in Yokohama.  At the moment, it’s occupied by a bus terminal and a small commercial building called Green Green, which includes a Sotetsu Rosen store and Yokohama Bank.  One building has already been torn down, previously occupied by a bookstore.  There are plans to build a major road through this area, as the road network isn’t very convenient.

This building, Green Green, is slated for demolition, possibly later this year.

Here’s a closer look. It’s kind of old looking, isn’t it?

Replacing Green Green will be 2 buildings.  One is a highrise apartment/condo building of about 29 floors (or so I’ve heard).  The other is a highrise commercial building with a shopping centre.  I’m looking forward to watching it go up.

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Filed under Asahi-ku, Japan, Kanagawa, Yokohama

2 responses to “Urban regeneration

  1. I love this mix of old and new in Japan. It is a country of contrasts with modern new skyscrapers mixed in among ancient temples and shrines.

    • It is fascinating. I find it interesting seeing an old shack with a brand new car outside. I’m sure inside, they’re watching TV on a big LCD TV, have a heated toilet, and satellite TV.

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