- Apr 2010
- T'Republic of Yorkshire
The problem I have with suburbia is the lack of culture or at least the difusion of culture. Various services and cultural activities are only available above their threshold populations. By spreading people out, suburbs make it more difficult to achieve the different population thresholds. How do Japan's densely populated suburbs compare culturally to cities?
In big cities like Osaka and Tokyo (in particular), the transport links are so good that a lack of local services is not a huge problem. Children can easily get to schools, for example, by train or bus. Thatcompares to suburbs here in the UK, where, if you don't drive, you're screwed, usually. There are unreliable bus services, all now run by private companies, which str as lkely as not to turn up.