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Jakarta Post

Take paradise, put up a parking lot

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 29 2009   /  11:50 am

Evergreen memory: The luscious greenery under the Gondangdia elevated railway tracks is now history since it was reduced to make room for a parking lot of Buddha Bar. Courtesy of Green Map Indonesia An eco-friendly community initiative in Central Jakarta has been ousted by a restaurant business with political sway, triggering strong criticism from several urban and green activists. To make way for parking spaces for clientele of the posh Buddha-Bar restaurant, its management arranged for the eviction of the plant nurseries and waste separation plant, and reduced a composting plant to a third of its original size. Long-time Menteng resident and Gondangdia Subdistrict Council member Kusumo Nugroho had initiated the community waste management project under the Gondangdia railway lines next to the Buddha Bar restaurant on Jl. Teuku Umar, and had invited plant vendors t...