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Mediating Fast and Slow Mobility: Spatial Production of Under-Viaduct Marketplace in Taipei
mobility,under-viaduct marketplace,governance of venders,
|Publication Year :||2019|
Considering infrastructure as a contested terrain where urban governance operates, I try to understand and theorize the spatial production of the under-viaduct marketplace” in Taipei over the past seventy years. In addition, I examined spatial practice that contributed to the daily operation of those marketplaces, to understand how different actors confront and negotiate with the imposed regulation over vending in the city . I reviewed the historical archives and took participatory observation as well as interviews to investigate the subject. and eventually came up with findings as what follows. First, the planning and building of the under-viaduct marketplace in Taipei involved the dilemmas of vender governance, the attempts and changing of governmentality since 1950s to 1970s. The context and the production of “under-viaduct marketplace” reflect the tactics of urban governance to the vender issues, by constructing formal and temporary marketplaces for vender placement, and issuing regulations for temporarily vending permission and relived administrative duty. Three characteristic of the Placement Policy are identified, including “temporalizing”, “defraying” and “appending”, all of which expose that the policy never attempted at improving the social welfare or collective consumption.
Secondly, the production of under-viaduct marketplaces was far from “killing two birds with one stone.” What it did, indeed, was mostly displacing venders and then moved them under-viaduct to the marketplaces as appendix. In so doing the city government cleaned up those urban spaces previously occupied by street markets, in order to enable the mobility of urban traffic and motorized cars while restricting the mobility of venders. Meanwhile, the infrastructures constraint the under-viaduct marketplaces. Yet transgression and appropriation still occurred and countered the imposed urban governance. Finally, through attending to the spatial practices availed from the markets, I argue that under-viaduct marketplaces are more than the interstices of urban governance, but places are “in-between” the mobility infrastructure, and “mediate” different practice of mobility, not only include migration, daily travel and social mobility, but also support second-hand industry thriving and non-profit organization working.
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