Monday, October 31, 2005

Yoyogi Park to be Razed for 2016 Olympics?

The Daily Yomiuri reports (archive here) that Yoyogi Park may be paved over to make way for a new stadium and other sports facilities. The development is part of Tokyo’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, which Gov. Ishihara announced last month - see this post.

On a personal level I am absolutely shocked and angered by this. Yoyogi is my favorite park in a city with too few. More objectively, Tokyo has enough sports venues already, the refurbishment of which should be more than enough for the games in 2016. Remember the World Cup stadiums? Reportedly, only two of the 10 new ones constructed for those games are now self-supporting, the others mostly standing empty. I don’t want to sound prejudiced, but it is becoming ominously clear that the Olympic bid is being turned into another wasteful pork-barrel project. I hope this time sanity will prevail.

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At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Mark said...

Sad news. In London's case Stratford is a depressed area in need of revitalisation. It seems the Tokyo government is intent on destroying Harajuku and Omotesando (Harajuku Detention centre, removal of pedestrialised Sunday streets, destruction of Dojunkai and now this?) I hope that by bringing negative international publicity to this plan that it can be stopped.


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