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Jakarta Post

Senayan: An endangered urban paradise

  • Eko Budihardjo

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 5 2011   /  08:00 am

It is most ironic that while statesmen from all over the world such as Al Gore are promoting the green movement, part of the lush green open space of Senayan will be cleared to make way for a new skyscraper.

A 36-story high-rise building has been planned for members of the House of Representatives, who ought to be sensitive to the voices of people at grassroots levels.

The problem is not solely because of its luxury, or because of the provision of a swimming pool, massage parlor and spa.

Nor was it because the cost of the planned building is equivalent to 10,000 low-cost apartments or 10,000 hectares of rice fields. The real and biggest problem of the “legislative palace” is that it will encroach on urban green space, which is already scarce in the capital.

Let us refer to the 2007 Law on Spatial Planning, which was in fact composed by members of the Hou...