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Beitou Outdoor Talks: Making Beitou into a Place for Leisure Lifestyle, Happiness

Mayor Ko Wen-je and city officials attended the “Beitou Revitalization Outdoor Talks” in the evening of June 25. The discussions focused on the city government’s upcoming plans for development in Beitou District, including the creation of healthcare base, development of hot spring tourism, expansion of the Beitou-Shilin Technology Corridor, and more.

During his address, the mayor pointed out that Taipei is identical to the whole of the island in terms of facing an aging society. Currently, residents aged 65 years or above account for 15-percent of the city’s population. The number is expected to reach 20-percent by 2022.

Ko noted that in terms of city planning, Beitou is unique in that the districts has both “mountain and river” – located in close proximity to both Yangmingshan and Tamsui River, as well as boasting a large area of forested land. The district is also known for its hot springs with a long history, making it an ideal place to live. The mayor said he had no plans to make Beitou into a red light or club district, but instead he believes the area has potential to become a place for LOHAS lifestyle focusing on happiness.

Regarding local resources, the mayor cited facilities including the Hot Spring Museum and Guandu Temple, as well as the reconstruction of the XinBeitou Railway Station commencing in July with completion slated for Chinese New Year in 2017. He explained that the purpose of the outdoor talk event is to invite local residents to share what they have to say about these plans, thereby realizing the vision of open government.

Following the address by the mayor, Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-rong and officials from the agencies of Health, Economic Development, Urban Development, Culture, Transportation, and Public Works conducted presentations to inform the audience on the city government’s projects for the community. The plan includes projects from 2015 to 2018 and is expected to take approximately NT$5 billion in budget.