Mayor sets con­di­tions on use of 101 build­ing’s out­door plaza

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je ( ) said Tues­day that he does not want to see the cap­i­tal’s land­mark Taipei 101 be­come a place of protests and quar­rels, and that there should be rules to man­age the use of the sky­scraper’s out­door square.

“The Taipei 101 build­ing is Taipei’s land­mark and at­tracts a lot of tourists,” he said. The last thing he wants to see is the build­ing be­com­ing a fo­cal point for protests and quar­rels, Ko said at a press con­fer­ence af­ter a city ad­min­is­tra­tion meet­ing.

There­fore, Ko has sug­gested that Chien Yu-yen, head of the city’s In­for­ma­tion and Tourism Depart­ment, should come up with rules to man­age the Taipei 101 square, even though the open space is not owned by the city gov­ern­ment but by the build­ing it­self.

Although only the Taipei 101 own­ers have the right to set up man­age­ment rules, Ko said he be­lieves the city gov­ern­ment can still in­ter­vene, adding that he wishes the use of the Taipei 101 square can be in line with the prin­ci­ples of free­dom and friend­li­ness.

He said he will ask the in­for­ma­tion and tourism direc­tor to dis­cuss the is­sue with Taipei 101’s op­er­a­tors.

Ko was re­spond­ing to me­dia re­ports that in the light of con­stant protests by civic groups with po­lit­i­cal axes to grind, the sky­scraper’s op­er­a­tor is draft­ing rules on the use of the open space in front of the build­ing, un­der which the space will be de­fined as “a leisure, art and cul­tural per­for­mance site” and that any­one want­ing to use the site will have to sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion.

Although the city gov­ern­ment does not own Taipei 101, Ko’s re­marks dis­close the sense that if the build­ing’s op­er­a­tor fails to pro­duce a sat­is­fac­tory plan to man­age its public area, his gov­ern­ment will.

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