New York and Tokyo: A Study in Crowding

  • December 21, 1979
  • • Written by: William H. Whyte 

Winter 1979, Vol 4, No 2

Abstract: The pedestrian environments of New York and Tokyo were studied and observations drawn – how they differ, how they are alike and what lessons might be drawn from the denominators. Some of the conclusions are: people in both New York and Tokyo like street life; they are highly skilled pedestrians due to the small amount of space allotted to them; in both cities, modest reallocation of space could greatly improve the street environment.