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This townscape, with its small stores and alleys, has been created by local people over decades. I fear the area might lose its unique character.

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Toshiyuki Ishimaru, 77, president of former Ishimaru Denki Co, expressing caution regarding the Chiyoda Ward development plan for Tokyo's Akihabara district. As part of the project, several high-rise buildings over 100 meters tall will be constructed over two blocks stretching across the national highway, housing hotels, offices, commercial facilities and residences.

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Chiyoda Ward development plan for Tokyo's Akihabara district. As part of the project, several high-rise buildings over 100 meters tall will be constructed

Another development project of high rise in Tokyo? This time in Chiyoda while problematic redevelopment of Meiji Jingu Gaien in Shibuya still ongoing. Looks that need to make more high rise and massive development in Tokyo after failed Olympics.

https://www.cnn.com/style/tokyo-jingu-gaien-redevelopment-project-hnk-intl/index.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jul/01/tokyo-anger-plans-redevelop-historic-city-park-meiji-jingu-gaien

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This gentrification really needs to be stopped. What has made Tokyo so unique and interesting is the differences in character of all its little neighborhoods. There's no need to turn everything into Shinjuku. If people want what's in Shinjuku, they'll go to Shinjuku. Leave the local neighborhoods alone.

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I was totally expecting to see a pic of some kind.

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Akiba is one of the few places in Tokyo that I actually like.

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