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Fewer cars, more art, please: Jakartans have their say

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 7 2009   /  10:23 am

Worth a thousand words: Two men sit and rest under a tree near a mural containing criticism against corrupt politicians on a sidewalk on Jl. TB Simatupang in South Jakarta, in this file photo. With growing democracy, painting such murals in Jakarta has become easier, although some artists say challenges remain. JP/P.J. LeoOn this day two years ago, Governor Fauzi Bowo and his running mate, retired army general Prijanto, were sworn into office after defeating rival Adang Daradjatun and his running mate, Dani Anwar.Fauzi seized victory after serving the previous five years as deputy to then governor Sutiyoso, and more than 15 years in various posts in the city administration.The mustachioed man, dubbed “the expert” during his campaign, promised his programs would focus on flood mitigation and traffic alleviation.“I’m not yet aware [of any progress],” Sentha Setia, a passenger on ...