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