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Capital gain or capitulation?

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Jakarta   /   Wed, September 4, 2019   /  01:42 pm
Capital gain or capitulation? Jakarta proper hosts about 11 million in an area of 661.5 square kilometers, while the entire metropolis is home to over 30 million people across 6,400 sq km. (The Jakarta Post/Iqbal Yuwansyah )

I have almost always lived in capital cities. I was born in New Delhi, lived in London, Prague (before Czechoslovakia split in 1993), Budapest, Rome, Bonn (long before the capital moved to Berlin in 1991), when my parents were posted there as diplomats. When in Indonesia, I have always lived in Jakarta. So am I a capital city snob? Related to the uber-densely populated, polluted, badly planned, garbage-filled, flood prone, traffic-choked, sinking city that Jakarta is? Hah! Not likely. Jakarta is Indonesia’s gateway to the world, Southeast Asia’s most dynamic metropolitan area, and the nation’s economic, political, cultural and intellectual center. It provides all sorts of opportunities unavailable elsewhere in the country, which is what draws migrants in. Jakarta proper hosts about 11 million in an area of 661.5 square kilometers, while the entire metropol...

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