1. Make it easy to start a new company, especially, for international entrepreneur. Taipei should become a hub for new start up business.
Integrate Business School to community, especially the small and medium businesses.
2. Taipei should be a bilingual city.
3. Government should relax the rules for restaurant or live music house so Taipei could become a place that nurture music and creative performance. It is important element to have a vibrant life for cultural creative people. Not many restaurants are operating with legal permit due to the old and outdated regulations.
4. Light rail system and mini bus system to replace the current bus system. The idea is to keep citizen from using private cars. To find a way to discourage citizens to use car or even own car. There are many ways to achieve this goal: Raise license fee, freeze license plate with a bidding system, extra private car tax, Increase gasoline tax for private car, car pooling/sharing or like a Zipcar model* that is so successful in the States, and most important of all, free or heavily subsidized public transportation ( including taxi ) financed by these fees... It is not a matter of can or cannot do, it is a matter of political will.
Light rail system is in the vogue in many new sexy cities. However, I don't know if it is the solution for Taipei. The current bus system needs to revamp and make it a more efficient use of the road. I have seen so many buses jamming into the popular streets. Bus system should use hub to transport passenger, not one bus to reach to the final destination. People should walk more or take more than one bus to get to their destination so we can reduce the number of bus to overlap the same popular route. I am not the expert in this field. It will require expert to find a best public transportation system to link all the mass transit system. Private car ownership should reserve to real rich people. It is a totally wrong idea to produce affordable private car.
5. Big Terrace living for creative class people. ( 8 Ping terrace with 22 Ping indoor living space )
6. Taipei should be a most connected city in the world. ( Free Internet everywhere )
Zipcar Goes Public, Seattle Times Goes Road-Crazy, Commuters Go By Bike by Angie Schmitt on April 20, 2011
Today on the Network, a celebration of the growth of car-sharing, some thoughts on overcoming crazy anti-transit rhetoric and an innovative strategy for encouraging bike commuting.
Photo: Davis Voice Zipcar has gone public, sending a powerful signal that the car-sharing service is here to stay.
The Perfect Simplicity of Zipcar: In honor of its initial public offering, Rob Pitingolo at Network blog Extraordinary Observations pays tribute to Zipcar. The growing car-sharing service is not a substitute for transit, he says. In fact, without a variety of transportation options, the Zipcar model just doesn’t work very well. Zipcars tend to live near transit stations. That’s why, Pitingolo says, you don’t see the service expanding in cities like Dallas and Houston. “Zipcar isn’t just a business, it’s a tool of urbanism. It provides neighborhoods a tremendous social good. And the fact that it’s provided by a for-profit company on the verge of profitability is definitely something to note.”
The Bogus “Social Experiment” Argument: Here’s the type of thing you might say if you oppose a transit investment: blah, blah, blah SOCIAL EXPERIMENT! This was the position, in a nutshell, of a recent editorial in the Seattle Times, regarding the controversy over the Alaskan Viaduct tear down and the construction of a deep-bore tunnel for vehicle traffic. “It’s about a social experiment: The idea is to force gridlock so more people take public transit or ride bicycles,” said columnist Jordan Royer. But as Frank at Network blog Orphan Road points out, that grossly hyperbolic position makes approximately zero sense. “In truth, all transportation is social engineering. If we build more highways, we’ll be manipulating society as well, just in the way that they prefer.” That’s a social experiment that we’ve tried and it’s not working very well. What kind of society will we become if we don’t try to improve on our system, with all its flaws and inefficiencies?