In recent years, some old buildings with historic values are nicely retained and turned into cultural and educational areas. I think it’s a good idea if the implementation is right. Personally, I think Taiwan has done a good job.
Si Si Nan Cun in Xinyi District is another good example. In Chinese, the name means “Forty-four South Village”. It was built as the military families quarter for the Joint Services Command’s 44th Arsenal during the end of civil war between the Kuomintang and Communist Party in 1948. Hence the name “Si Si”. In addition to the south village, there were east and west villages but they were all demolished. It is now a little nice area near Taipei 101 where you can take a little walk, learn some history, and enjoy a light meal and coffee.
A little place like this would need a cool restaurant in the neighborhood to encourage people to stay and hang out. That’s Good Cho’s! It’s variety of bagels, jams and fusion light meal is another attraction of this place. A good package. Then you can talk a short walk to the modern Taipei 101 where all the shopping, dining and entertainments are.