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Jakarta Post

Changing slums into multistory kampung

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 3 2012   /  09:13 am

(Sanggar Ciliwung Merdeka)Improving the lives of those who live in Jakarta’s slums is a top priority for the new administration, which is considering building multi-story developments called kampung susun, or elevated villages.

However, changing urban development patterns that have persisted for decades cannot be done quickly, especially if it involves changing a popular and long-standing aversion to living in taller buildings.

One plan under discussion by officials and local leaders involves relocating squatters along the banks of Ciliwung River in Bukit Duri, South Jakarta.

“We have gathered once a week for months to discuss the plan on how to make a more proper living environment, Sandyawan Sumardi, the leader of the Sanggar Ciliwung Merdeka community organization in Bukit Duri, said. “I tell you, it’s not easy to convince people about the idea of kampung ...