New Shibuya blvd project to kick off

posted on March 14, 2016

Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is to kick-start development of a boulevard focusing on the famous "scramble crossing" in front of Shibuya Station. It aims to create a sense of unity between the Miyamasuzaka and the Dogenzaka districts located to the east and west of the station.

The ward government has earmarked ¥61 million for the project in its initial budget for the next fiscal year and will consider measures to counter illegal parking along the street.

The project will cover the about 1.2-kilometer section of road running between the Miyamasuzakaue and the Dogenzakaue intersections.

According to the Shibuya Folk and Literature Shirane Memorial Museum, the road running through the Miyamasuzaka and the Dogenzaka used to be called the Oyama Road. In the Edo period (1603-1867), ordinary people used it to get to Mt. Oyama in Isehara, Kanagawa Prefecture. People who carried vegetables grown in the areas known today as Setagaya and Meguro wards to the city of Edo also used it as a primary route.

Shibuya Station was completed in the Taisho era (1912-1926). After National Highway Route 246 was built near the road in the postwar period, the flow of pedestrians from the station changed. People became less aware of the Miyamasuzaka-Dogenzaka stretch as a primary route.

source by the-japan-news
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