Taichung Should Get More Attention (Update)


Hsieh brought up some very valid points here.  What exactly happened to the pipe dream of Guggenheim Museum in Taichung?  What happened to the Opera House?  And other issues such a vibrant organize crime activities and the decay in the commercial zones near the Taichung train station?  It’s quite interesting no body pay a closer attention to this things over the years.  People are way too easy on mayor Hu.  No one really holds him accountable.  It does not seem to matter whether he and his team messed things up in Taichung.  Even many people in Taichung do not seem to care, which is really weird. 

My personal feeling is that Taichung should have become much better.  But perhaps people don’t pay attention because Taichung does not have huge budget like those in Taipei, and perhaps it is because there are no shocking news that everyone understands immediately (such as the problems at the flower expo).  Or perhaps, people only look at the new condo.  Nevertheless, there are issues…and they surely and quietly accumulated over the past decade.  It is this type of issues that are difficult to detect but still have profound impact.

Pan green recently keeps talking about the problems of flower expo in Taipei.  Pan blue keeps attacking the flood in Kaohsiung (in which some accusations are really ridiculous).  Those are all recent events and obviously they should talk about it, but funny how people did not talk about Taichung’s problems that long a few months ago when that murder occurred with police presence.  Now, do we even get a solid closure on that case?  NO!  For example, the police, how many are engaged with organized crime and to what level?  And what are the solutions to this long time crime problems in Taichung?  No one knows, and it seems no one gives a f**k. 

Ma had some seriously messed up project in Taipei, but when Hu spend millions on some illusive project planning no one seems to care.  Maybe similar to Ma, people will only look back at Taichung if one day Hu becomes the President, by then it would be too late.  People should really start to examine Hu’s term as Taichung mayor.  People do not have to attack him personally, but people need to examine what he had done in the past 8 years, because there are some serious problems and maybe even problems people do not know much about.  There is no point to go easy on him.

I have a feeling that people for some reason are really treating Hu like a fragile vase, similar to how people treat Ma before he became the president, maybe even worse.  That is why people say Hu has “good PR skill.”  But I think Hu, similar to Ma, is actually quite arrogant, based on the speech and Q&A he gave in media.  I think this is really stupid because they are head of a country or city.  People should at least hold them to some basic standards, not just evaluate them based on how “charming” they are (once again I don’t really understand why people think Ma and Hu are charismatic…to me they just aren’t…maybe it’s the media, who knows).

Update:  More new “discovery” from Hsiefinally DPP is paying serious attention to Taichung. 


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