The upcoming launch of high-speed railway service will usher in a spatial revolution during which cities with distinct features will witness economic booms but those without may suffer quick decline.
Once put into operation, the multi-billion U.S. dollar project will save passengers considerable time to travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung by train, from five hours to 90 minutes. The rail system, 345 kilometers in length, is expected to set off a spatial revolution during which the lines between rural and urban areas will be blurred and redefined.
Cities with better resources are likely to attract more human and financial resources from cities that are less competitive, unless they possess or develop distinct features.
The introduction of bullet trains in Japan is believed to account for the rise of some cities and the decline of others in the neighboring country.
Cities in central and southern Taiwan are especially succeptible to economic downturn if they fail to curb potential brain and capital drain to northern Taiwan where the headquarters of most manufacturers are located.
Still, rural areas promising qulity country life may resist the trend as more and more people who are tired of hectic city life may choose to commute.