Transformation of Kyoto grids 3
Kyotoshi 3 dai jigyoshi (京都市三大事業), was a scheme proposed in Meiji 40 (1907), to improve infrastructural qualities as a response to the legislated autonomy in Kyoto. It enclosed three aspects, excavation of Lake Biwa Canal as an electricity generator and precautious measures to floods, water supply system improvement and the road extension for railway paving. The third aspect of road extension had reshaped the streetscape, in terms of adjusting the dimension of streets and reshaped the persisting Kyoto grids.
The Senbon Dori (千本通) together with the Senbon Sen (千本線) were the main traffic courses injected. Primitive intention was to confront a rising population, the demand for a better transport system for commodities and citizens, yet the safety ensured with these changes. The unique case mentioned in former post was the diagonal cut on the southwestern. It was part of the Senbon Sen, launched in 1912 June, and was called the Koin Dori (後院通). This diagonal course implied a confrontation of infrastructure and local ownership.
Possible reason for this diagonal ‘cut’ could only be deduced by the sentence above. It says the plan of railway pavement in Senbon Dori was rejected by local residents. They were powerful landlords from the timber-trading industry who lived in the south of Sanjo. ‘通が広くなると同業者が分断される’ was the reason claimed, which literally means the injection of railway would split the unity and practicality of the timber-trading companies in that area. It hinted a condition of local practices over city council’s implementation in previous Kyoto.