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Development For Preservation: Localizing Collective Memory In 1960s Kanazawa

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The experiences of the historic city of Kanazawa, facing the Japan Sea in Ishikawa prefecture, offer a striking alternative to the polarized development-or-preservation scenario that tends to dominate debates in Japan and abroad. Kanazawa's innovations gave the municipality substantial influence over the activities of builders and developers, allowing it to promote the idea of a 'unified landscape' for the city as a whole. The city's achievement did not come without its costs. This chapter explores Kanazawa's favouring of the localization of control over preservation and development by tracing debates recorded over the course of the 1960s. While the case of Higashi Chaya-machi demonstrates the limitations of localization as a means to extend political influence to residents, the tangible results of Kanazawa's preservation movement nonetheless indicate that the localization of memory in this era left legacies that were both lasting and influential.

Keywords: builders; Higashi Chaya-machi; Japan sea; Kanazawa; unified landscape



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