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Reconstruction of Xinzhuang Historic Street and Citizen Participation：Case study of the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team
Xinzhuang Historic Street,historic street reconstruction,Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team,community governance,citizen participation,
|Publication Year :||2021|
Xinzhuang Historic Street has the most densely populated temples in Taiwan and it is one of the earliest developed areas among Tamsui River. With the operation of the MRT Xinzhuang Line in 2014, the historic glory of the street no longer exists. Xinzhuang Historic Streets, although near by the MRT station, was contrained by the road widening policy, lack of parking space, and faced the fear of historical buildings and street scenes demolition. Later on, with the urbanization plan of Wudedian, a representative building constructed during the Japanese occupation period, evoked local residents’ awareness. They assembled the “Xinzhuang Story RecreationTeam” in theXinzhuang Community College, hoping to raise community awareness about public affairs and citizen participation. The goal of this research is to analyze the effectiveness brought by the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team and dilemma it faces in the reconstruction of Xinzhuang Historic Street, and to understand interaction among the government, the Xinzhuang Community College and the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team.
Literature analysis, semi-structured interview, focus group interview and participation observation are the research methods applied in this article. The author participated in walk-in and reading activities during the research process to observe the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team operations and locals’ responses. Analyzing and understanding the interaction model of the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team, government and non-profit organization bases on the concept of community governance, interviewing the community college, the teacher and students of the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team and New Taipei City Education Bureau to understand actual results of the organization's operation and the difficulties in the process of participating in the reconstruction of Xinzhuang Historic Street.
The result of the study shows that the effectiveness brought by the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team in the reconstruction of the Xinzhuang Historic Street is to establish the connection between the locals and Xinzhuang Historic Street, to stop urbanization and to provide professional school tours. At the beginning when the
Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team was established, aside lacking resources, it did not encounter too many difficulties. During the operational process, the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team was not able to fully control participants, and their tour guide skills were also a big challenge for first time tour guide.
The interaction between the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team and the government include: the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team attending evaluation meetings, applying grants every two years, being active in government meetings. The interaction of the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team and the Xinzhuang Community College is mostly in a cooperative mode. When hosting events, the Xinzhuang Community College invites the Story Recreation Team and other community organizations in the Xinzhuang Historic Street to participate together to share local stories and ideas.
Based on the findings above, aside from responding to the theories of community governance, the reasons for consistencies and inconsistencies with the theories are explored. This article also offers suggestions on how to improve the interaction model among New Taipei City Government, the Xinzhuang Community College and the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team, and provids references for other historic streets on how the Xinzhuang Story Recreation Team operates and how it reconstructs Xinzhuang Historic Street.
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