A Tokyo professor and two colleagues tour Greenbelt after visiting our sister towns, part of a study begun in 2002.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Donald Comis
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Yoshiro Morita, an associate professor in the Engineering Department of Architecture at Tokyo Polytechnic Institute, is an Alexis de Tocqueville of Greenbelt. On Labor Day, Sept. 5, Morita and his graduate student Ryohei Hashida and an architect Hiroko Ryu arrived in Greenbelt for several days of research, after touring Greenbelt's sister communities, Greendale, Wis. and Greenhills, Ohio. Morita has been studying Greenbelt since 2002 and visits about once a year. Morita is interested in co-ops as an option for Japan's housing problems because there are no co-ops in Japan currently, he said. During the Labor Day Festival, Morita, Hashida and Ryu toured the Greenbelt Museum with Sandra Lange as a tour guide and then took a walking tour of …
The professor and two students are researching the Greenbelt communities.
Why would three people travel all the way from Japan to Greendale, Wisconsin for one day? Because Greendale is a great community…duh. Yoshiro Morita, an Associate Professor from Tokyo Polytechnic University in Japan, and two graduate students are doing a dissertation about the success of the Greenbelt communities. Morita first started his research on the Greenbelt communities in 2000 when he first visited Greenbelt, MD. as a graduate architecture student. He then came to Greendale in 2004 to continue his research. Yesterday he came back to the Village to research the success of the Greenbelt communities. Morita said that in Japan older residents are dying out and moving out of estates and are having a problem attracting younger families, …