I wholeheartedly agree. When I moved to downtown Taoyuan in 2008, the 藝文 grassy area was huge. It was a spacious place for kids to play, for people to walk their dogs, and for simply sitting under the trees and relaxing. It saddens me to see how the green area has been progressively replaced with buildings and is now a fraction of its former size.
It’s getting harder to find large natural spaces. It seems like people (government? developers? businesses?) aren’t happy until amorphous, natural areas are repurposed into what I call structured tourist attractions.
I understand “progress”, but jeez. And then they have the nerve to refer to the area with terms like “green” and “tree of life”? Give me a break.
If that’s a “green building” we are all fucked. Just because you put some potted plants in a building doesn’t make it green.
And also, the article does a great job of explaining where the bookstore will be, the cinema, the food and coffee shops, digital reading, virtual reality nonsense, etc. At no fucking point does it say where the actual library will be, you know, where you can browse books, read, and check one out. Do they know what a library is?