TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) Tuesday called on the private sector and members of the public to help make the city a clean place for the upcoming Summer Universiade, which is less than 16 days away.
Citing the slogan of the sports event “Let the World See Taiwan,” the mayor said that the city has invested NT$1.5 billion into a campaign to spruce up Taipei. The program involves 35 projects under five highlights to improve the cityscape around Universiade venues: transportation aesthetics; garden city; enhanced riverbanks; LOHAS mountains and forests, and considerate services.
Since June 2016, the city has embarked on the task of revamping roads in areas where Universiade stadiums are located. The initiative is part of the overall effort to bring a brand new image of Taipei to the eyes of 12,000 foreign athletes and other participants expected to visit the capital for the sports event.
To beautify the city, Ko said that the city government has also resorted to horticultural means by planting 100,000 azaleas among other flowers and landscaping installations that evoke images of the event. The polished North Gate, to be unveiled on August 3, is another endeavor to strengthen the image of a city gateway – as the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is to Paris.
The mayor added that at least 300,000 more azaleas will be planted across the city, while measures to enhance the city’s appearance will be extended beyond the Universiade stadiums step by step.