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Jakarta Post

Addressing disasters, density for future Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, July 3 2009   /  02:56 pm

Jakarta's next spatial master plan should identify each of its five municipalities for specific functions and even out population density. Pelita Harapan University architectural expert Manlian Ronald said Thursday the current layout had deviated much from initial plans, thus necessitating a rearrangement. "East Jakarta used to be identified as a residential area, but now it's an industrial area. South Jakarta was also known as a residential area, but now it's full of shopping centers," he said on the sidelines of a discussion on spatial planning. "For a better layout, there should be a clear function for each municipality, because some areas in the city have become oversaturated. "When this happens, the excess spills over into other areas." Better management of the existing situation is needed, since a major overhaul is not p...