Taiwan’s strong economy has improved the lives of many Taiwanese. Personal income, education levels, and health care have all steadily improved since the 1950s. The island’s increasing prosperity has allowed cities such as Taipei to grow as financial and cultural centers. Taipei is located at the northern tip of the island. It is Taiwan’s largest city, with 2.6 million residents. The city is home to National Taiwan University, the Presidential Building, the National Central Library, the Taipei World Trade Center, and other important government, business, and cultural buildings.
In 1997 the Taipei city government began plans for Taipei 101. It was planned for 101 floors. The city was developing a new business area, the Hsinyi District. Taipei’s mayor, Chen Shui-