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A solution to the Losheng impasse

By John Liu 劉可強

A large sloping platform across the tracks is the win-win solution and the central government should affirm this most appropriate proposal. A firm and timely decision must be made now before the construction of the MRT line is completed.

This solution can achieve at least three significant objectives with benefits to all parties.

First, it is the most humane and considerate solution for patients in electric scooters, allowing them the greatest freedom of movement possible. Being possibly the least cared for group in Taiwan, society owes them dignity and respect for the remainder of their harsh lives.

Second, adhering to the Cultural Heritage Preservation Act, the sloping platform provides the best basis for the comprehensive and integral restoration of the entrance to the site. This includes the all-important pattern of the pathways which historically isolated caregiving personnel from leprosy patients, and the tropical palm-tree driveways.

Third, this large entrance, when restored, would become the most important public park in the Huilong area of Sinjhuang District (新莊), not only benefiting local residents, but also providing greater use of the MRT station and thereby contributing to the development of the surrounding area.

John Liu is chair of the Building and Planning Research Foundation at National Taiwan University and OSM distinguished visiting professor at the National University of Singapore.

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