In the previous article, I talked about the need for varied housing choices in every community to allow for people to find housing that fits their needs, no matter their income level. I also mentioned in many instances how Japan has a much more varied and integrated housing choice thanks to its zoning law that does away with separating residential housing types. I just wanted to provide an example of this, through a neighborhood I chanced upon in Sendai while going through the Japanese real estate site sumo.jp.
It’s a suburb of Sendai but at 15-minute walking distance from a train station linking directly to Sendai station and thus Sendai’s downtown area, a 25-minute trip. The train’s frequency is about 15 minutes during the AM and PM peak, 20 minutes between the two and 30 minutes in the early morning and late at night. That station’s name is Rikuzenochiai.
|Area in relation to nearest train station|
|The area from the sky|
|Where each housing example is|
|Small apartment buildings|
|Very big estate|
|Small 1-story houses|
|Typical middle-class houses|
|A long bloc of studio apartments|
|Mixed use building, commercial on the first floor, residential over it|
|Tall tower of “mansions”|