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Urban Redevelopment Strategy // The urban redevelopment plan will loosely cover twelve square miles, with specific higher detailed development in three locations. Those locations include the Mt. Otakamori Peninsula, the previous neighborhood just north of Ishinomaki Bay, and the area directly west of Ishinomaki Bay including the previous neighborhoods of Shumodai, Kamidai, Doteshitaminami, Michistiaminami and Minamihama. The Mt Otakamori area was wiped almost completely clean by the tsunami and is no longer suitable for growing food as it once was. I believe this location would be well suited for vertical launch vehicles. The area is surrounded by low hills which could provide a sound barrier for the nearby city. This program is well suited to an area prone to tsunami devastation because it will be sparsely populated and typically house very little equipment. Given the proximity of hills in the area, much of the valuable technology could be located out of reach of most future natural disaster scenarios. The area to the north of Ishinomaki bay was previously a vast medium density residential neighborhood, now in the process cleansing. It is bordered on the east by the most dense part of the city, the downtown central district. This area will serve as the primary urban connection between the existing downtown and the future space industry facilities. Some residential development should take place here, but the low elevation of the land will largely limit development to raising occupied spaces above potential water level lines. Large areas in this neighborhood will also be dedicated to water level mitigation and barriers to slow incoming and receding water.

The final location in the urban plan is the area just west of Ishinomaki Bay. This area is separated from the mainland by a canal and river, connecting to Ishinomaki Bay. It is reached by Highway 251 and 247 across the Michishita Bridge, destroyed in the tsunami and recently rebuilt. The area was previously a dense neighborhood, baseball field and park. Every building is currently being torn down, the baseball field is now a pile of debris 8-10 meters high. The redevelopment of this area will be shaped by its proximity to the runway, which will jut out nearly a mile into the water, acting simultaneously as a method of slowing the waters of a future tsunami. Much of the area is severely polluted and badly littered. A sea wall will be developed around the perimeter, though design considerations should allow for views over this wall wherever possible. This area will house the evacuee community.

Tohoku Spaceport  

Design documentation for a commercial/evacuation spaceport in Ishinomaki, Japan.

Tohoku Spaceport  

Design documentation for a commercial/evacuation spaceport in Ishinomaki, Japan.

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