Construction continues on the latest phase of Tajimi Station area redevelopment, the new Tohtetsu Building adjacent to the Tohtetsu bus terminal in front of the station.
Meanwhile, many parts of the area behind (north of) the station, encompassing a wide swath, have finally taken shape after years of looking (and traversing) like a mild war zone. It’s seemed to be in a permanent state of disarray or abandon, with orange striped sawhorses, flashing yellow reflector lights, day-glo traffic cones, do-not-cross tape, courteously bowing flagpeople, detour signs, piles of earth, vacant lots, and heavy equipment strewn about and impeding traffic seemingly since I first moved here.* Tax yen aside, I wouldn’t mind seeing a model or rendering of what it’s actually supposed to eventually look like.
Built to Last – Filling in the Blanks
Farther north, the diagonal spur connecting routes 19 and 248 was finally completed a couple of months ago, also after many years. We got so used to the construction that at first we subconsciously imagined it still going on as we drove unnecessarily cautiously by.
*What will we do without them? I propose setting aside one block as a permanent “under construction theme park,” perhaps called “Koujichuuen,” “Jikatabinotabi,” “Juutainosato,” or “MawarimichiLand.” Visitors can take part in engaging interactive simulated sit-in-traffic-and-wait-for-the-right-of-way exhibits, run a gauntlet of ever-changing obstacle courses, compete to
evict buy out find common ground with holdout homeowners, lose kilograms sweltering at construction jobs under the Tajimi summer sun, operate bulldozers and steamrollers (this one actually exists!), and generally appreciate all aspects urban uglification. Bring your own hardhat.