Re-gentrification and Urban Core Revival of Tokyo: A Survey of Chuo Ward and Condominium Residents
19 February 2015, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Room EAS.E168, 1st Floor, East Building, London School of Economics and Political Science, London WC2A 2AE
*PLEASE NOTE: The date and venue for this salon has changed*
Since the late 1990s, Japan's major cities have witnessed a shift from
decline to growth of their population in urban core areas. Chuo Ward in
Tokyo experienced a particularly dramatic increase in its population.
This study tries to examine its impact and implications upon the local
communities from two perspectives. Firstly, the analysis of census data
reveals that the growth was mainly caused by relatively young adults
aged between late 20s to 40s who live in newly built high-rise
condominiums and working as urban professionals. This contrast with the
previous round of urban development in the late 1980s when many
residents were forced to leave the community by the invasion of office
spaces. Secondly, a questionnaire survey conducted with the condominium
residents shows that their social class is significantly higher than the
surrounding area, in terms of the level of income, occupation, and
educational attainment. They seem to have a distinguished
characteristics in consumption behavior, social and political
consciousness, and the formation of human networks. The study discusses
if a new round of gentrification is happening in the urban core of
Tokyo, and, if so, what is the social and political implications.
Urban Salon lecture by Asato Saito (Professor of Urban Policy, Yokohama National University).
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Image credit: Fran Simó, Chūō City, Tokyo