An application of the node-place model to explore the spatial development dynamics of station areas in Tokyo

Paul Chorus, Luca Bertolini


The high level of integration between railway and real estate
development in Tokyo makes the city an interesting example for
metropolitan areas looking for ways to promote transit-oriented
development. To successfully promote such a development pattern, an
understanding of development dynamics in station areas is
crucial. In this paper, a node-place model is used to determine
which transport and land use factors are responsible for structurin
station area redevelopments in Tokyo, and to what extent. The
interaction between specific transport and land use features -- most
importantly, proximity by train to the central business district
and the number of train connections versus workforce
concentration -- is a powerful force structuring developments in
Tokyo. However, other factors (most notably government
policies) should also be taken into account.


transport, land use, node-place model, Tokyo

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