Keelung Talk|基隆物語


Keelung Candy to be continued

A life privilege of mine, after my exploring of a field trip, is to be able to have Richard's intellectual feedback with regards to those places I visited, including Candy's Keelung.

Richard's Talk | An Economics Professor's Observations

Keelung seems to attract Richard's attention after he FaceTimed with Candy, listened my 'water-stuff updates' and photos bombed into his What's APP. He made few comments based on economics, about Keelung - a city with a long period of decline. (He sent me an email, very official!) Yay! Professor is talking:

  • Old cities often face a long period of decline when the industries that first propelled their growth are outmoded. As people move on, to find jobs in other places, houses fall into disrepair, and this compounds the sense of decline. Shops close as well.

  • Some cities never recover, but most do, although it can take a long time.

  • The recovery can begin for a number of reasons. The government makes a specific effort to attract new industry. A new real estate development takes place, and businesses begin to look again at the possibility of employing low cost labor.

Regeneration | Cruise Port, Keelung Maritime Plaza, E-Square

My previous blog Keelung Candy mentioned Candy's dad works with my Taipei team and he looks forward to seeing Keelung's recovery. He is a typical example of a person moved onto Taipei from Keelung to find work. He witnessed houses fall into disrepair in his neighborhood and shops close on high streets nearby Keelung port.

I first noticed Keelung experiencing a 'place-making regeneration' in August last year. My family had a cruise travel holiday, and boarded at Keelung Port. My Facebook friend, former colleague, Winnie Lu, comes from Keelung and she told me about how difference since Keelung Maritime Plaza, an open public space in font of Cruise Port, was built. My brother-in-law, Jeff Liao (a frequent visitor of Keelung fish market and night market when my niece was little.) said to me the other day, E-Square (red circle) was renovated with bright lights which made Keelung's town centre become friendly and convenient.