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Presently, there are 59 traditional or specialty commercial districts in Taipei. Since commercial districts have a strong connection with people’s life, the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission conducted a survey to collect people’s opinion about the development and management. The survey was run before the Lunar New Year and interviewed people aged 18 or older. The result reveals 81% of the respondents visit Taipei’s commercial districts at least once in the past year, and 53% visited at least once a month. Given a multiple-choice format, more than 30% of the respondents said they visit commercial districts because they are at the neighborhood or for featuring foods. The poll also finds most of the interviewees are supportive of commercial districts. 57% of them agree the development does not negatively affect the quality of life; 66% believe it is necessary for the government to intervene; 58% agrees with stricter management; and 45% thinks the government shall give priority to environmental sanitation and food safety.
For the question regarding the reason making purchases at the commercial districts instead of other distribution channels or internet, 34% of the 877 respondents who visited Taipei’s commercial districts at least once in the past year choose to shop at the commercial district because it is close by, while 32% do so for its featuring foods or restaurants; 17% of them visit for the “one-stop convenience,” covering food, clothing and leisure needs; 16% are for the purpose of shoe, camera or wedding dress shopping; and, 8% come simply because they prefer physical store shopping.
When being asked what aspects of the commercial district development the government shall get involved in the first, using the multiple-choice format and without any clue given, 45% of the respondents choose environmental sanitation and food safety, 32% give priority to the improvement of parking availability and traffic, 31% pick pedestrian environment, and 10% finds public facilities such as toilets, lactation room, etc. shall be the first to be taken care of.
Taipei City Government notes that people’s concerns for commercial districts such as environmental sanitation, food safety, parking, pedestrian environmental quality, etc., have been included in highlighted tasks of Taipei City Government’s strategy map. Taipei City Government will continue the use of the strategy map and the balanced scorecard to achieve strategic goals, ensuring pleasant, comfortable, and safe surroundings of all commercial districts.
The survey was also intended to learn about people’s satisfaction with public construction. The result shows that 45% are satisfied with it, while 33 % are not. Among those not happy with it (353 respondents), given multiple choice questions, 27% consider the progress of construction is slow, 24% think the planning in general is bad, 16% are not happy with the potholes or uneven pavements. Analyzing interviewees’ answers to the multiple choice questions, 88% of them think public construction refers to roads, the Metro Rapid Transit, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways, etc., while 44% relates to public buildings and facilities.
The poll is based on telephone interview conducted in the evenings on January 17-20, 2017, interviewing 1,079 people living in Taipei and aged 18 or older. The telephone numbers are randomly selected from residential numbers in Taipei City. The margin of sampling error is ±2.98% with a 95% confidence level.