Mr. Shih-Yi Lou Visiting Department of Urban Development Taipei City Government Visiting Department of Urban Development Taipei City Government  Ms. Yu-Shiou Lin
¡§After rebuilding military dependents' villages, residents here are the original residents and typical citizens. ¡§Bamboo Fence¡¨ does not exist for describing military dependents' villages. There is no wall between the villages and the world.¡¨
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The Distribution of Military Dependents' Villages in Taipei City

For understanding the status of rebuilding military dependents' villages, with councillor Li-Geng Guei-Fong's helps, we have interviews with Mr. Shih-Yi Lou and Ms. Yu-Shiou Lin in the Department of Urban Development Taipei City Government. With their helps, we acquired the beginning and the status of rebuilding military dependents' village. The organization was called as ¡§the Department of Public Housing¡¨.

About 1971, the villages already had more than twenty years history. The living environment was getting worse because the houses were old and they were having illegal residences built because of lacking of enough space. The Department of Defense started doing research on rebuilding those villages in 1977. They recorded down some key points for rebuilding old military dependents' villages. They started rebuilding villages based on the belief of taking care of military dependents and improving their living qualities. Based on the point, the Department of Defense can work with the central government or city government to build public housing. Or they are able to build the housing by themselves.

¡§if the Department of Defense work with the central government or the city government, the Department of Defense offers the land in military dependents' villages, and the government need to provide the funds of the construction, setup the construction plan, design, find the construction company, start the construction, do the valuation, sell the houses, and manage the community. After the construction is complete, the whole area of the construction will be divided into two. The military will take one of the halves and assign it to the original military dependents. If there is more houses, they sell it to the soldiers without any housing; the government will take the other half and sell it to all the citizens who are qualified for this purchasing.¡¨

¡§For the purpose of taking care of military dependents and to reduce their loading of purchasing a house, the city government will pay the moving fee and rent for the original residents. Also, they pay some allowance, which is 69.3% of the price of their land, for purchasing a house. The residents will pay the rest of price.¡¨ Ms. Lin explained.

On 1980, the Department of Defense signed a written agreement of using the land in military dependents' villages to build public housing with the city government. Each involved army force followed this agreement and provided lands in the village and work with the city government. They signed up an agreement to ensure rights and benefits for both sides.

On 1981, the military provided lots of military dependents' village lands, which were located in the center of the city, such as, DaAn Public Housing, New XinAn Village , and ChengGong Public Housing. There were more than five thousand and seven hundred houses built. In addition, there were over thousands houses built in the following communities, ZhongTuo, ZhongZheng, HuGuang, QingNian, ZhengYi, YanShou Public Housings. During the early 80s, the available military dependents' villages were getting reduced. Except the large-sized community, new SongShan Village , which includes over two thousands housing, the rest of villages are small-sized communities, which includes less than two hundreds housing.

¡§During 1951, all military dependents' villages were located in the edge of Taipei city. However, with urban development, those edges became the commercial district or the residence district for the city. And those old villages distract the urban development. The land in Taipei is expensive and valuable. Old military dependents' villages did not meet the economical efficiency.¡¨ Mr. Lou said, ¡§Rebuilding those villages does not only improve their living environment, but also provide public housing for all the citizens in Taipei with a cheap price. This is definitely speeding up the renews and developments in this metropolis. Both Taipei government and the military were benefited from rebuilding military dependents' villages. Also, after rebuilding, not only the original residents moved in but also the regular citizens moved in. ¡§Bamboo Fence¡¨ did not exist anymore since there was no wall between military dependents' villages and the world.¡¨

On 1999, for following the policy of suspending building public housing from the central government, and also, the architecture business was running well and blooming in the public, the government stopped building public housing. The project of public housing was completed in this state. On March 3 rd , 2003 , the Department of Urban Development continued the incomplete construction of public housing, its sales, and changing their goal to sell residence business, the department did not get involved with rebuilding military dependents' villages anymore.

Since 1980, the military work with the government for rebuilding military dependents' villages, the city government rebuilt 77 villages and built 29453 public houses.

Name of Community Number of Housed Built Name of Community Number of Housed Built Name of Community Number of Housed Built
JinQuan Village 118 New JuGuang City 484 QingGong Village 242
HangJian Village
No 3
101 YongPing Public Housing 88 ZhengYi E.


ZhongTuo Public Housing 1470 LiGong
108 ZhongZheng
Public Housing
MaoShang Village No 3 336 XinYa Community 22 ChangChun Village 270
TaiShun Village 289 JunGong Village
No 2
84 ZhongCheng Village No 2 577
DaTong Village 106 ZhongShan Community 14 ZhiPan Village 476
HuGuang Public Housing 2124 ShinYuan Village 166 MaoShang Village No 7 295
S. Airport No 5 248 ErBa Community 24 NanJing Village 337
FuLain Village No 3 979 WanDa Camp 41 ChengGong Village 2476
LongHua Village
No 3
469 LiXing Community 23 DaAn Village 1398
XinAn Village 1925 TongHua Village 139 ShouYan Village
No 2
JianHe Village 160 Si-Si E. Village 266 RenLin Village 91
ZiLi Village No 2 75 ChengYi Village 92 QinNian P
ublic Housing
ZhengYi Village 1123 JianJun Village 353 KeNan Village No 2 182
FuTai Village 777 SongShan Village 2049 GuoHui
Public Housing
AiShi Village No 3 40 JingZhi Village 234 XinHe
Public Housing
Public Housing
2736 ZhongXin Village 260 HangJian Village
No 1
YuanShan Village No 2 269 KongNan Village No 3 277 ShiJian Village 56
DaDun Village 124 XiangAn
Public Housing
203 AnKang Village
No 1
Public Housing
32 ShiJian Village No 1 35 ZhongZhen
Public Housing
In total twenty nine thousand four hundred and fifty three houses in the public housing were built.

Source: Department of Urban Development Taipei City Government ( )