America's dominant pattern of automobile-dependent suburban land use is the target of much criticism. Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) has emerged as an alternative to the status quo, but has also launched a polarized debate on whether TOD is a necessary market correction or inefficient government meddling in the "free market." In Japan, however, TOD-style metropolitan landscapes are the rule rather than the exception and, paradoxically, have emerged with little in the way of state-led land use planning and private, rather than public, transit systems. This dissertation analyzes the development transit-oriented development in Japan, with specific attention to the role of government, via railway policy, urban planning policy and other institutional factors, in enabling and shaping ostensibly "free" market forces.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. May 2010. Major: Geography. Advisors:Judith A. Martin and Roger P. Miller. 1 computer file (PDF); x, 339 pages, appendix A. Ill. (maps)
Jacobson, Justin Price.
Japanese transit-oriented development: the framed market and the production of alternative landscapes..
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