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Dispatch

Taichung

BY FIONA CHENG

A peaceful place?

View of Taichung in 2017. Courtesy C Yang.

As an art city, Taichung has been on the rise. To rectify the city’s image of violence, perpetuated by a surge in organized-crime-related deaths and broad-daylight kidnappings since the 1980s, the government in recent decades has been investing in an alternate image of arts, design and culture.

One way they have gone about doing this is through gentrification. In terms of housing, governmentled programs have promoted the renovation of older residences throughout the city, with an aim…

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