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Rundown urban areas in Taiwan get a new lease on life

Restoration efforts revive cities and help youth redefine their identity

Renovated shops integrate well with Dihua Street's retro look.

TAIPEI -- Along Dihua Street in northwestern Taipei, late 19th-century redbrick buildings reveal a glimpse of the district's past as a bustling wholesale center. Today, the street is as busy as back then, but the new tenants reflect the times, the factories and attendant businesses replaced by art galleries, stores, cafes and other shops.

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