Taichung mayor shares city development ideas with youth
Central News Agency
2014-08-14 11:21 PM
Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) Taichung Mayor Jason Hu met with young people Thursday to talk about sustainable development measures in the second annual youth summer camp put on by the central city's Civil Affairs Bureau. Hu pointed to Civic Square, saying that by turning the downtown area into a green open space, the city has prospered the neighboring community. Qiuhong Valley, another lush public park in the middle of the city, shows how an ugly hole left from construction work can become a beautiful attraction, he said. "One grassy area can change a city," he said, adding that sustainable development does not necessarily mean relocating people. Hu also talked up his "determination" in promoting the city's new bus rapid transit (BRT) system. Even though the BRT's rollout has been criticized, he still believes it will turn out well and is an important step in improving public transportation in the city of 2.7 million. He also introduced the "Taichung Dream" program, a proposed initiative to provide offices and start-up loans to 108 aspiring entreperneurs under 35 each with a total of NT$33,000 (US$1,102) per month. The two-day summer camp course aims to help participants build up their communication abilities and self-promotion skills while broadening their horizons, according to Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Wang Chiu-tung. (By Liao Jen-kai and Joanne Hsu)
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