Past History and Appearance of Shidong Market.。
Shidong Market was constructed and put into use in 1992. The vendors in the nearby Lanya Night Market moved into a roofed place to make a living, who have provided for numerous residents over 20 years with the raw and fresh meat, rice, pasta, fruits and vegetables, beans and food grains, all kinds of cooked food, etc. There are also snack streets and boutique clothes on the second floor. It was officially opened on October 4, 1992 and has a total of 255 stalls. The vendors are sourced from the vendors registered in the original Shilin Lanya vendor concentration field, vendors registered in the temporary Qianhe vendor concentration field in Zhongshan District (near the MRT line), demobilized army men and veterans of Advisory Council and disabled vendors registered in the Social Affairs Bureau. There are 127 stalls on the first floor selling vegetables, flowers, meat, fish, groceries, etc.; and there are 128 stalls on the second floor celling everything like general merchandise, food, drinks and snacks. The market not only retains the traditional market’s characteristics of commodity freshness and full of human touches; and through the modern hardware equipment provision, the stall partition and planning and the neatly configured, neat, bright and comfortable environment, it has fully exhibited a new look incorporating both the traditions and modern features and provided a kind of high-level consumption enjoyment to the nearby residents, having met the modern people’s demand and convenience of one-stop shopping.
After elected as the president, the first job Kui-chao Hsu did was “cleaning”, especially improving the undesirable odor. The president actively looked for the source of odor and finally concluded that it’s from the sewer. Although all vendors would clean their stalls after business of each day, the places out of sight were not covered. Since the market had to open for business during the day, she led the cleaners to the market at night to clean out all the old dirt. Another place out of sight was the air conditioning pipeline. The self-governing committee immediately had it cleaned and maintained it on a regular basis later. Only after the air conditioning is properly maintained, the odor in the market won’t be so strong. Before, the staircases were extremely dirty and messy with the handrails covered with dust and the staircase windows too dirty to see through them; and the toilets were also very scary where people had to tuck up their pants to go in there and left it as quickly as possible. After Kui-chao Hsu took office, she hired a cleaning company to give a complete and thorough cleaning to the market, going into the wet and dark market corners and cleaning out all the garbage.
Shidong Market was open for business formally in 1992 and is the latest constructed traditional market in Taipei City. The market is located at No.100, Shidong Rd., Shilin Dist., Taipei City. Its basement is the parking lot, the first floor is for the raw and fresh food materials, the second floor is for the general merchandise and snacks and the top floor has the first traditional market installed with solar power generation facilities in Taiwan.
To solve the food surplus and uneven distribution problems, the Department of Social Welfare, Taipei City Government and the Market Office have cooperated to launch the “Abundant Food Exchange Platform” in Shidong Market to donate the fruits and vegetables, meat and other raw and fresh food materials not sold out at the end of the day but still edible in Shidong Market. The welfare groups may come to take back the food materials every Thursday and then distribute them to the vulnerable groups so that the surplus fresh food is not wasted and it can also help the people in need. The “Abundant Food Exchange Platform” in Shidong Market is the first food bank operated in a traditional market. To keep the raw and fresh food materials from being spoiled, the Market Office has spent nearly 30,000 NTD in increasing the refrigeration equipment to ensure the freshness of food.
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