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Mega-urbanization of Jakarta-Bandung region

  • Tommy Firman

Bandung   /   Sat, June 26 2010   /  12:42 pm

The physical development of Jakarta Metropolitan Area (JMA) and Bandung Metropolitan Area (Bandung Raya) has formed an urban belt form Jakarta to Bandung of about 200 kilometers long, reflecting a formation of mega-urban region characterized by a mixture of rural and urban activities and a blurred rural-urban distinction in Jakarta-Bandung Region (JBR). Population growth in the urban centers, notably Jakarta and Ban-dung, has significantly declined, whereas the population growth in the adjacent areas is relatively high, which may reflect the rapid spillover of Jakarta and Bandung City to the surrounding areas. In fact, a large number of many former residents in the neighborhood of the Jakarta center had moved to the adjacent areas, including Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi and Depok. The significant increase in the number of urban localities in JBR also manifests the urban transformat...