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Taipei Mayor impressed by public housing community in Seoul

Taipei Mayor impressed by public housing community in Seoul

Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) said that he was impressed by the design and development of the U-myeon public housing community in Seoul, which has also taken into consideration the residents' needs in terms of education and employment, among other living functions. A city government spokesman quoted the mayor who stayed overnight Wednesday in the U-myeon public housing community to observe its planning and development, saying that he found the integrated planning in developing the public housing community most admirable and would like to borrow the experience. The mayor said, having learned how South Korea has made building public housing units a national policy, he wondered why Taiwan's central government failed to recognize the critical issue since the skyrocketing housing prices have long been a major concern of citizens in Taipei. The spokesman said that Mayor Ko emphasized that he has learned from the Korean experience that it requires joint efforts of the central government and the local government to implement public housing development plans. Referring to a much criticized earlier remark by him to build 50,000 public housing units in Taipei in 4 years, Ko explained that the number 50,000 occurred to him because he heard from urban planning experts that only when the number of public housing units account for 5 percent of the total of housing units, will the government's price-curbing efforts have an effect on the prices in the market. There are approximately 1 million housing units in Taipei, and 5% of the total would be around 50,000, according to the mayor. (By Ku Chuan and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-27 21:06 GMT+08:00