Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chiayi mayoral candidate Twu Shiing-jer (涂醒哲) has attracted public interest by proposing to rename a major thoroughfare in the city from Chueiyang Road (垂楊路) to Chen Cheng-po Boulevard (陳澄波大道) to commemorate the local artist who was executed during the 228 Incident.
Twu yesterday said that if elected, he would abolish the exclusive bus lane on the road and turn it into an avenue of culture, art and economy for the city.
Twu presented his campaign platform during a press conference in Chiayi yesterday, accompanied by DPP city councilor candidate Huang Ying-chih (黃盈智), former Chiayi County Culture and Tourism Bureau director-general Chung Yung-feng (鍾永豐), and 228 and Chen Cheng-po Museum director Chiang Jung-sen (張榮森).
Chung said he supports the idea behind “Chen Cheng-po Boulevard” for the city’s redevelopment. He added that renaming the avenue with the name of an internationally renowned painter would be a symbolic display of the city’s ambition.
Decorating the boulevard with elements of art and culture, the road can be a pedestrian shopping district with outdoor cafes, restaurants, exhibitions of Chen Cheng-po’s paintings, and the city’s history, he said.
The plan would attract a crowd of tourists, Chung said.
Twu said that since its inauguration in January 2008, the exclusive bus lane on Chueiyang Road has created many problems for drivers — including traffic jams and potential danger for turning vehicles.
He added that renaming Chueiyang Road and abolishing the exclusive bus lane would be done with the participation of residents or through a local referendum.
Commenting on Twu’s campaign platform, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chiayi mayoral candidate Chen Yi-chen (陳以真) said that she has also proposed abolishing the exclusive bus lane on Chueiyang Road and readjusting the city’s Bus Rapid Transit system’s routes.
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