Que paso, que paso, vamos ahi!?
Even our favelas are more colorful and lively than the chicken coops people live in here.
Only thing we may have in common is the garbage mountains.If they are present, they are huge.
I agree with you in that I also do favor removing the steel constructions. Deadly in fires, that mostly affect the poorest. Taiwan already has plenty of more ecological materials to use.
The balcony wiring serves a purpose: when stuff starts flying around in typhoons, they keep you safe-ish.
All those old unkept buildinghs have a reason: they are too expensive. They are investments for people, and cheap rentals. Average whole family of 8 living in a 23 ping chicken coop waits for the Deux ex macchina of a construction company that will but their property, bulldoze it, and then they will be rich. That is why people battle each other for inheritances. Usually it is a lazy bum brother/son in law who forces semi senile parents to sign up the property to them, though most of the time it is the parents themselves who do it as it is tradition. Never mind the 5 sisters who took care of them while sick.
As to why th eproperties are so expensive, well, the reasons for the bubble are economic and political. Mostly, it is stupid greed, as with everything else that goes wrong here.