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2010 ELECTIONS: DPP’s Sinbei candidate calls for urban renewal

By Vincent Y. Chao  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Sinbei mayoral candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday challenged local governments to take a more active approach in urban renewal projects, pointing out that many such projects have been abandoned under the current administrations.

“Since 1998 ... we haven’t seen any large-scale cases of city renewal,” she said in a campaign stop. “The reason why they have been unable to succeed is because of [a lack of] a government role.”

Under current regulations, the government gives area-space bonuses to developers that can successfully transform parcels of land with older buildings.

More successful examples include Taipei County’s Banciao (板橋) and areas of Xinyi District (信義) in Taipei City.

However, Tsai said that with 40 percent of residences in Sinbei City (the new name for Taipei County after its upgrade next month) now more than 30 years old, it was time to take a more active approach to urban renewal.

Saying that he was happy he “shared many of the same views with Tsai,” Tsai’s Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) counterpart, Eric Chu (朱立倫), however, suggested the problem was not so simple.

“Just how many cases had the former DPP government completed during their 16-year governance in Taipei County?” he asked.

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