In four years, city officials plan to start building an 81-foot-wide thoroughfare that will slice Shimokitazawa, Tokyo’s answer to Greenwich Village, in two.

The road has set off a rare battle for preservation in a country where big construction projects have long been welcomed as progress and used to grease the wheels of politics.

Plans to Split Hip Tokyo Neighborhood was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by ksalay@pps.org
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