An Analysis Of The Community-Based Organizations Affecting The Traditional Streets In Sanhsia And Tahsi, Taiwan
With the rising popularity tourism in Taiwan, many traditional streets that were shabby have been noticed, restored and continue to be preserved. However, the tangible and intangible environments of these traditional streets have changed. This thesis is a case study which examines two traditional streets in Taiwan, focusing on the influence of community-based organizations during the preservation, restoration, and management process. The Sanhsia and Tahsi traditional display spectacular shophouses, and have similar development and economic backgrounds. In Sanhsia, the conflict between commercial interests and local culture is obvious. Tourism is considered more important than the needs of residents. However, in the Tahsi case, some businesses on the traditional street maintain their traditional appearance and products and pay attention to the needs of the residents. The thesis begins with a look at the development of streets and industries, their decay, and redevelopment focusing on the Sanhsia and the Tahsi Historic Districts. Chapter two discusses preservation movements and restoration processes on Sanhsia and Tahsi traditional streets and the establishment of organizations. Chapter three first reveals the results of preservation and restoration on the Sanhsia and Tahsi traditional streets and compares the two. The second part of chapter three focuses on the structures, roles and functions of community-based organizations, and examines the support of government policies to figure out the reason for the different results. The analysis reveals continued promotion and evoking a sense of community by community-based organizations is the key concern in retaining the original cultural fabric on the traditional streets although the support of local government also provided great help. Moreover, government policies intended to stimulate business on the traditional streets should be combined with community development and empowering residents so that the effects can be sustained.
Traditional street; Historic preservation; Community-based organization
Tomlan, Michael Andrew
Chusid, Jeffrey M.
Historic Preservation Planning
M.A., Historic Preservation Planning
Master of Arts
dissertation or thesis