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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/20/2014 1:58:02 PM
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Re: Great Cities
Thanks for the answer, @IngoKumic. I'm not sure I can fully absorb it, but I get the general idea. Surely, it seems as though cities in Australia and elsewhere need to be made aware of the alternative approaches and how these might be deployed to make urban life better and more efficient.

 

IngoKumic
IngoKumic  
2/19/2014 7:36:16 PM
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Re: Great Cities
Hi Mary, apologies for the length of this reply. For the sake of argument I've beena bit reductive here but I don’t think it’s a case of theory over reality or just about ‘business’ per se, but rather a reality which broadly sees two opposing city making approaches employing ‘industry’ in very different ways. One prioritises industry in the ‘consumption of place’ the other prioritises industry in the ‘production of place’. Each of these deploys space in a different way and for different reasons. The former is concerned with ‘non tradeable’ industry and as such emphasises the pseudo-profundity and image of place. The latter prioritises ‘tradeable’ industry and tends to emphasise utility and the relationship between place and brand. I note that while the making of place is complex, the activity which defines ‘industry’ is foundational to all communities and therefore the making of any place. Many western cities, and those seeking an instant semblance of such, underpin their renewal/ regeneration/ revitalisation of the city by the former. Melbourne falls into this category. This approach to making cities prioritises ‘investors in the non-tradeable (retail or highly transactional)’ across industries such as tourism, hospitality, entertainment, property development, etc. These do not create wealth, they rely on wealth being present. Or to put it another way, they don’t create place they simply exploit the place that exists. These ‘businesses’ are canaries in the economic coalmine. On the flip side, other established cities across Europe (eg London, Berlin, Milan), Asia (eg Tokyo), and North America (eg New York, Chicago), prioritise ‘foundational, tradeable industry’ as a means by which community and place are made. This idea of ‘making place’ builds community and doesn’t build inspite of it. In recent times we have witnessed the devastation wrought on towns and cities (communities) which sought to revive their fortunes by replacing dying tradeable industries such as ‘car manufacturing’ or ‘mining’ with ‘non tradeable’ retail services in tourism or entertainment. Most Australian cities are subject to strategies which position the ‘consumption of place’. The only one which seems to be taking a different path and prioritises the ‘production of place’ is Adelaide. Major renewal initiatives such as Tonsley Park in Adelaide, are setting entirely new benchmarks in this Country.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/19/2014 2:45:05 PM
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Re: Taichung, Taiwan is Taiwan - not China
Thanks for your response.

tirpakma
tirpakma  
2/19/2014 2:18:52 PM
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Re: Taichung, Taiwan is Taiwan - not China
And Indianapolis is one  of Ohio's most liveable cities . . . just because it is on the internet does not mean it is true or worth referencing or circulating.  I hope you spend as much time researching and editing your future stories as you do responding to them.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/19/2014 1:15:05 PM
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Re: Taichung, Taiwan is Taiwan - not China
Ha! Well, it's also not acceptable to edit source information too much -- ie taking out names and titles, as I've done here. I've done so this time in order not to distract from the main point of the slideshow, which is to highlight cities normally outside the realm of a lot of media coverage.

tirpakma
tirpakma  
2/19/2014 12:54:30 PM
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Re: Taichung, Taiwan is Taiwan - not China
Thanks, Mary - your Taichung post as originally written is akin to stating that Melbourne ranks high as one of Britain's most liveable cities (according to a British media portal) or that
San Antonio ranks high as one of Mexico's most liveable cities (according to a Mexican media portal).  Not really acceptable to blame the source  . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/19/2014 11:04:04 AM
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Re: Taichung, Taiwan is Taiwan - not China
Ha, good point, tirpakma. Saying that Taiwan is in China is controversial. I tweaked the caption a bit to stay out of the fight, though you'll note we did indicate that the city was in Taiwan, not China. The China.org reference was the one that said otherwise. :>

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/19/2014 10:57:22 AM
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Re: Adding one more city to love
Ha, I'll take that under advisement, PostSandy. I know the coastal south has a lot of charm and natural beauty. I'll plan a trip!

tirpakma
tirpakma  
2/18/2014 11:37:38 PM
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Taichung, Taiwan is Taiwan - not China
Woah, Mary - not sure how this got by your fact checkers or editors, but unless you are going along with Taiwan's assertion that it is the one and only China (the Republic of China or ROC), it is incorrect to refer to free, independent and democratic Taiwan as 'China' or to otherwise suggest that Taiwan is China.

This is not to take anything away from Taichung or any of the other amazing cities in Taiwan; Taipei and Kaohsiung are also definitely worth consideration (and are possibly also on China's list of the world's 10 most liveable or enviable cities?).

Hopefully one day soon a democratic China will form the types of relations with Taiwan that will allow Chinese citizens to travel freely to Taiwan to experience the cities there for themselves.  I strongly encourage others who are currently allowed to travel freely to Taiwan to do so - amazing!

China media portal China.org.cn ranked Taichung fifth in a list of China's top 10 most liveable cities for 2013. The writeup stated: 'With the Taiwan Strait in the west and the Central Mountain Range in the east, the city features splendid mountains, tranquil lakes, beautiful wetlands and fantastic downtown sceneries.' Taichung (population about 2.6 million) has also been praised for a project aimed at regenerating an 'urban green belt' in the city, resulting in the Calligraphy Greenway. The Regeneration of Urban Green Belt project in Taichung, which created the Calligraphy Greenway, a 3.6-km biking/walking path snaking through the city's green areas, with cultural landmarks. (Photo: Fcuk1203 via Wikimedia)
China media portal China.org.cn ranked Taichung fifth in a list of China's top 10 most liveable cities for 2013. The writeup stated: "With the Taiwan Strait in the west and the Central Mountain Range in the east, the city features splendid mountains, tranquil lakes, beautiful wetlands and fantastic downtown sceneries." Taichung (population about 2.6 million) has also been praised for a project aimed at regenerating an "urban green belt" in the city, resulting in the Calligraphy Greenway. The Regeneration of Urban Green Belt project in Taichung, which created the Calligraphy Greenway, a 3.6-km biking/walking path snaking through the city's green areas, with cultural landmarks.
(Photo: Fcuk1203 via Wikimedia)


PostSandy
PostSandy  
2/18/2014 2:46:40 PM
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Re: Adding one more city to love
Mary, back in the days I did. It is the perfect quick getaway location. Be warned though a visit may turn into a plan to move there. 

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