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In the 20th century, roughly one million of the Tokyo residents who survived the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake did so because they escaped to tracts of forest and farmland. If you were in the centre of the city, however, you were surrounded by flammable materials on all sides. After the 1923 earthquake, the need for open spaces within urban areas became clear.
Statesman Shinpei Gotō led the post-earthquake reconstruction of Tokyo, deliberately incorporating refuge parks where residents could go to escape fire and crumbling buildings. Today, Tokyo is still building such refuge parks – similar to the ones Gotō planned almost a century ago, but far more advanced.
originally posted by: stormcell
originally posted by: Iamthatbish
What's more interesting is why don't we have those? I want those!!
You probably do, but they are disguised as hotels and landscaped gardens with underground car parks.