Taipei’s original city planners had a workable vision for this city. Our challenge now is mustering the will to live up to it.
Public enthusiasm for the YouBike rental system shows that Taipei’s residents love getting around by bicycle. We should make the most of this zeal. Turning street and sidewalk parking into paths for bicycles and pedestrians will transform long stretches of urban dead space into a valuable economic asset.
Bret Hinsch is a professor of history at Fo Guang University.