Expected Changes for the Landscape of Jingmei After 2020

描述: 2020年後景美地景變遷的期待

Jingmei may see changes 20 years from now, not least because there are some large public lands ready for development. Developing these lands in line with local priorities can make a difference to Jingmei. Relics of the past can also be utilized under well-thought plans to pass down the local culture for generations to come.

Jingmei can be reshaped in several aspects 20 years down the road:

  • Transportation

  1. Complete Taipei MRT Circular Line 

An MRT circular line that starts from Daplinlin in Xindian District and terminates at Taipei Zoo while serving stations of Gouzhikou, Mamingtan, Wenshan District Office, National Chengchi University is under construction. Once up and running, it will make it more convenient to get around in Muzha in Wenshan District.

  1. Reduce traffic jam on Jingwen Street

The network of sidewalks on Jingwen Street is patchy, but not all exterior arcades attached to buildings standing on the street can be made accessible for pedestrians by law because these arcades were erected under building codes from the past. The arcades differ in height, making it impossible for pedestrians to use safely. Consequently, pedestrians are forced to use the paths assigned to motor vehicles, which is dangerous. The roads on the street should be redesigned in ways that put pedestrians ahead of other users—by installing more sidewalks and narrowing vehicle paths; doing so can ease the street’s chronic traffic jam. Some of the successful cases in that regard are Tingzhou Road in Gongguan, Wenlin Road in Shilin District, and Zhongzheng Road in Tamsui District. 

  1. Improve pedestrian access between Jingmei Mountain and Jingmei River

The majority of the horizontal sidewalks stretching between Jingmei Mountain and Jingmei River are merely 1 m or 1.5 m in width. Moreover, with street lamps and utility poles embedded, the sidewalks are even less pedestrian-friendly. Future road planning should widen the sidewalks to 2 m and moving the utility poles underground. This will cement the right of way for pedestrians and make for a closer connection between the mountain and river, thus accentuating Jingmei’s physical features.

  • Culture

  1. Make a better heritage site reserve for Jingmei Jiying Temple

Since the performance platform on the square before Jingmei Jiying Temple has been removed, and the square is mostly cleared, a gate may be erected on Jingwen Street so that travelers can spot this quaint city-designated heritage site upon leaving MRT Jingmei Station from Exit No. 1. In the vicinity of the temple, a heritage site reserve is already established on both sides of Jinxing Temple on the first horizontal street of Jingmei Night Market, although the reserve exists in the form of a makeshift booth and fails to fulfill its purpose. A cultural plaza should be built on the route from Exit No. 1 of MRT Jingmei Station to the square of Jiying Temple; the plaza can play host to cultural events—and in so doing represent the commercial locality of Jingmei Street and bring the street back to its heyday.

  1. Make a fresh change to Jingmei Old Street

Jingmei Old Street, formerly a channel of the Liugongjun canal system, is a road earmarked for a commercial district (rather than a road to be dealt with under urban planning). It is a commercial district born of a public market that consists of a morning market, night market, and business establishments. The hygienic condition and landscape of the street has seen no change over the past 30 years; the street remains the least desirable travel destination for travelers. Those involved in reshaping Jingmei Old Street should consider how to redesign its landscape properly under urban planning, handle illegal vendors on the street, retain the public memory of the street, and create a visitor-friendly environment for it.

  1. Preserve the cultural relics along Liugongjun

A flat alley road in the east of Roosevelt Road is built by paving over or covering the channels of the Liugongjun canal system, which spanned from Jingmei River to Toad Mountain in Gongguan and irrigated crop fields in the Taipei Basin. The road travels where Liugongjun stretched, and it consists of nine different paths. It can be rebuilt by installing replicas, signs, and explanatory boards related to the canal system, signs, so as to retain what Liugongjun has left behind. Meanwhile, vacant lands that are connected with each other throughout Wansheng River should be developed in ways that can preserve important traces of what life was like in this locality.

  • Large public lands

A public land in Alley 142 of Roosevelt Road that has been rebuilt into Ministry of Finance Park has brought significant changes to Jingmei. Several other large public lands in Jingmei and Wanlong, as introduced below, can also be developed in line with the needs of local businesses, thus making it more convenient to live in those regions and promoting their prosperity:

  1. Taipower Company’s electrical substation on Jinglong Street, which is being shifted underground and whose location should be developed for a different purpose.

  2. The Directorate General of Highways’ lands in Alley 159 of Section 6 of Roosevelt Road and on No. 12 of Sanfu Street.

  3. Lands at the end of Alley 142 of Section 6 of Roosevelt Road that are occupied by the engineering materials laboratory of the Construction and Planning Agency and the maintenance team of the Public Works Department of Taipei City Government, as well as those occupied by other government organizations in the north of the aforementioned location. 

  4. Wanlong East Barracks of the relocated Department of Military Justice at No. 90 of Section 2 of Xinglong Road, which has been designated for the construction of a multifunctional social welfare building that began at the end of 2020 and is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

※ 感謝鄭之瑜(Kat Chamberlain)老師協助本文翻譯校閱。
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