Yeah but you can actually get some good grub in there now, so it sure beats the old days!
I admit it could do with a bit of sprucing up.
Most of the new stuff is built much better, the problem in Taiwan (generally) is they already built so much crappy concrete stuff everywhere you'd be better off demolishing whole towns in some places and just starting from scratch.
It also has to be said that there are a lot of people on the breadline in Taiwan. Taiwan's incomes have fallen VERY far behind the other Asian tigers (3-6 X LESS than Korea/Japan/HK/Singapore
), and only a subset of the population are well-off, most of the population are just working long hours everyday to keep afloat and send their kids to overpriced buxibans and paying for overpriced houses and are not well off at all. Average incomes don't show the full story, in central and Southern Taiwan most people are just making around 30k/mth I'd say (and out of that comes from there Lao Bao and Jian Bao), with millions making minimum wage of 19k (before deductions). Social welfare barely exists so it's a hard life for many.