A Comparison of Transit-Oriented Development in Sendai, Japan and Adelaide, Australia

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Journal Article

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place - australasia, place - asia, place - urban, land use - planning, land use - transit oriented development


Transit-oriented development, transport planning, Australia, Japan, public transport


Transit-oriented development (TOD) has the aim of encouraging sustainable mobility and urban development, especially where automobile use overshadows public transport. Therefore, looking to Japan with its history of development centred around railway stations and high public transport use can be useful. This paper examines TOD planning policies and approaches in Sendai, Japan, and Adelaide, Australia to find potential experience and strategies that might be applied to Adelaide. Results indicate that Sendai’s experience with business diversification, functional activities within TOD planning, and attracting private sector and landowner’s involvement in urban renewal projects, may bring fresh insights to TOD development in Adelaide.


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