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This is the Takashimadaira housing complex in Itabashi-ku in Tokyo. In this housing complex, moving in starts in 1972 and about 50,000 persons of 25,000 households are living now. Before a housing complex was made, this area was a cultivation-of-land place, but the Japan Housing Corporation purchased this field in 1956 and it built one large collective housing. In connection with it, the Toei Subways No.6 line which links with the center of Tokyo directly was fixed by Tokyo Metropolis. So, here is a forerunner of the present new town. It seems that it was one of the plans which responded to the increase in the urban population which flows into Tokyo at the high-growth era for middle class as a background. The housing complex is divided according to use relations by area at a sale in lots and rental housing. Combining to collective housing, schools, a public hall, hospitals, the police, a library, etc. are built in this area, and it has continued up to now. Moreover, many retail stores are located centering on perishable foods at the site in a housing complex near the nearest station. This point is a different point from the store of food service industry with the western style being conspicuous in the new town built these days. And nowadays, the inhabitant's aging is older and the living environment is also changing.
This photograph is taken from the sidewalk facing the driveway in front of a housing complex.

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The open space in a housing complex, and collective housing: workshop

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