June 13, 2018

Urbanist Abroad: Day 9 – Shibuya and Tokyo

The city of Shibuya, a critical exurb to Tokyo, ranks high on the list of places to visit in Japan for at least one major reason — it’s home to the two busiest train stations in the world.

Yet the city itself is less than a quarter million residents. How does that work?

Good planning and engineering (some of it quite creative). Whatever the magic combination of factors — including the famous scramble crossing in the video below — masses of people are able to move through and across this urban hub, which is also known for its concentration of corporate head offices and universities.

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