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The External Effects of Local Attributes on Living Environment in Detached Residential Blocks in Tokyo


  • Xiaolu Gao

    (Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan,

  • Yasushi Asami

    (Department of Urban Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo. 7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan, asami@ua.tu-tokyo.acjp)


Measuring environment attributes in monetary terms is an effective approach for evaluating living environments and planning. This paper presents a study employing a hedonic pricing model on the externalities of local attributes in detached residential blocks in Tokyo. Results show that a group of local attributes, including both attributes of individual lots and of local districts, exert stable external effects. Moreover, many of these effects are changing with the size of land lot. These findings provide important information for urban planning and design in detached residential blocks. In the paper, the sub-division of land lots, an event arousing much concern in recent years, is analysed and concepts on facilitating local parks are suggested.

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  • Xiaolu Gao & Yasushi Asami, 2001. "The External Effects of Local Attributes on Living Environment in Detached Residential Blocks in Tokyo," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 38(3), pages 487-505, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:urbstu:v:38:y:2001:i:3:p:487-505

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