Doors to Diplomacy Participants

Taichung Municipal Hui-Wen High School (2022 CyberFair Project ID 8614)
Taiwan, Taichung City
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 7. Environmental Awareness

We estimate 10 student(s) from 16 to 17 will work on this entry.

Description of Our Community: Pedestrian arcade is a unique landscape in South-East China, including Taiwan. The arcade is a part of the first floor inside a building, on which pedestrians can pass away from the strong sunshine and rain outside.

Stores sharing the front of their first floor with the pedestrians not only show their warmth, but the people passing by can also see the goods or service in the stores, thus doing some purchase.

Taiwan is drizzling during the rainy season. And there are thundershowers in summer. Both of them happened frequently. The pedestals are often soaked with the rain. Thanks to the arcade, people in Taiwan can freely enjoy window shopping without get wet or sunburnt.

Therefore, the arcade was really a good sign of friendly culture in the beginning. However, with the change of a city, different stores would reconstruct their buildings in different times, consequently making ups and downs of the arcade connecting neighboring stores.

The uneven and bumpy floor may not be a problem to normal people to walk on, yet they may be a dangerous threat to old or physically challenged people.

Taking one grandfather of a member of our team for example, he got seriously injured when walking on the arcade at night, because his eyesight is not good enough to recognize the ups and downs of the arcade.

It’s why we decide to launch the project, aiming to push the government of Taiwan to make the arcade flat and pedestrian-friendly again.

Project Description: We form a group called “Arcade Leveling Team” to make a thorough survey of the 6 main cities of Taiwan, with which we may make a ranking list and give the list to the candidates of the upcoming mayor election, hoping that they may integrate Arcade Leveling programs into their future political plans. In addition, we will set up a web page, publish the collected information to the media, and make social initiatives, so that Taiwan’s arcade can eventually be returned to pedestrians.

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