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Old January 9th, 2011, 04:23 AM   #41
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Hmm, thanks for the info. I hope that with the Sky Tree project, they could revive the area and initiate a modernization of the area, without removing the soul of the area.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 04:28 AM   #42
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The Sky Tree complex will revive the immediate area, the river next to the complex for example will be cleaned and planted with many trees to look more beautiful. It will definately help the economy of the area and it may create more redevlopment projects of the area. Though for sure the majority of the area will still look like shitamachi or "gritty".

Here is an example of some redevelopment because of sky tree. The old small and aging Narihirabashi station will now become this:

Tōbu announces renovation of Narihirabashi Station, renaming to "Tōkyō Sky Tree Station"
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In coordination with the opening of the Tōkyō Sky Tree scheduled for spring 2012, Tōbu Railway (HQ: Sumida Ward, Tōkyō Prefecture) will rename Narihirabashi Station on the Isesaki Line, the gateway to the Tōkyō Sky Tree, to "Tōkyō Sky Tree Station."

We have marketed Narihirabashi Station as an access point to the Tōkyō Sky Tree, but we will now rename the station to Tōkyō Sky Tree Station, making it easier to understand for visitors. The new name is befitting of the gateway to the Tōkyō Sky Tree, slated to become a new landmark for Japan. Together with these changes, we will also conduct a renovation of the station.

Through the station renaming and renovation, we hope to attract more visitors to the Tōkyō Sky Tree and the surrounding Narihirabashi and Oshiage areas, contributing to the development of the entire area focused around the Tōkyō Sky Tree.



Station renovation details
In coordination with the spring 2012 opening of the Tōkyō Sky Tree, we will carry out the following renovations in order to ensure a safe, comfortable, and pleasant experience for all our passengers.

Increased vertical circulation (1 location → 3 locations)
Currently, there is only one location with vertical circulation, but we will increase this to a total of three locations (one escalator location (up and down) and two stairwell locations), allowing passengers to more smoothly board and alight trains.

Relocation and upgrade of elevators
We will upgrade the elevator capacity from the existing eight passengers to 30 passengers and construct the new elevator in the center of the platform.

Expansion of the station concourse
In order to allow for the movement of large volumes of passengers, we will increase the floor area of the station concourse from the current approx. 60 sq m to 700 sq m.

Construction of a new ticketing entrance (1 location → 2 locations)
Currently, there is a single ticketing entrance along Kototoi-dōri, but we will add another location at the Hikifune end of the station, allowing the many passengers visiting the Tōkyō Sky Tree to more smoothly enter and exit the station.

Renovation of the multi-function restroom
We will relocate and renovate the existing multi-function restroom.
TBS news report (2010.12.27):



Thanks to quashlo for finding this and posting it.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 04:29 AM   #43
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This is what the station looks like now



Pretty big transformation I would say
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Old January 9th, 2011, 04:41 AM   #44
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That is quite the transformation all right. Nice to see that there are such plans to make the area more attractive to visit.
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Yes! This area of tokyo is known as "shitamachi" which is historically the "working class", traditional or even "poor" area of Tokyo. Of course today basically everyone is middle class but the legacy still exists. The Sky Tree complex is really good news for the area

It's because of history, the Yamanote area of Tokyo is where the upper class and the samurai lived, and shitamachi is where the lower class people lived. Today Shinjuku, Shibuya and many of the "rich" and "glitzy" areas of Tokyo are in the "yamanote" area not shitamachi. But now shitamachi will have the 2nd tallest building in the world and the tallest building in Tokyo!
"Shitamachi" is written with the "down" (shita) and "city" (machi) kanjis?
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Old January 9th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #47
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"Shitamachi" is written with the "down" (shita) and "city" (machi) kanjis?
Shitamachi 下町 means low city and yamanote 山の手 can mean "up city" (toward mountain), "uptown" etc.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 11:39 AM   #49
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1/10 theyve added more glass







Truck is bringing more glass



Some pictures of other work going on in east tower site



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BTW I guess it is topped out now. I guess that part you see them building is part of the design since it's been unchanged today too

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Finally the top has been finished or close to it!

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Beautiful design. Dare I say it's more beautiful than the Sky Tree itself?
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