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Jakarta Post

Superblock: Dream or nightmare?

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 23 2010   /  11:34 am

Is it a condo? Is it a five-star hotel? Is it an office tower? No, it’s a superblock — a mighty complex where residents can have everything they need ... Or can they?

Fed up with maddening traffic, Jakartans may see superblocks as a savior from their daily stress, believing these complexes can relieve the hassle of the hectic roads, with all-in facilities now just a short walk away.Webster’s Dictionary defines a superblock as an urban area covering around 1 hectare, usually closed to through traffic, with interrelated residences and industries along with commercial, social and recreational facilities.Basically, it is a dream city within Jakarta, where people can have their dream houses close to offices, malls, hospitals and other facilities that would otherwise take them hours to reach.Superblocks have begun to spring up in Jakarta in recent years, with developers offering c...