However, while Taipei is home to many white-
collar expatriates, city officials should remember that the EIU’s liveability ranking does not include some basic factors that matter to most residents, such as pollution, noise, interaction with bureaucracy and availability of public housing. These are all areas that need a lot of work, especially housing. The issue of sustainability is also becoming more important.
Officials in Taiwan are often obsessed with gaining international credibility. Given the nation’s diplomatic isolation, this is understandable. Yet if officials want to make the city better and more livable to the people that matter most, they should start with those five issues.