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Paths to heaven or hell? City’s old, new pedestrian bridges

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 12 2019   /  01:51 am

Futuristic tunnel: Motorists pass beneath the revamped pedestrian bridge in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Jan. 2. The pedestrian bridge is one of three bridges along Jl. Sudirman that have received a facelift.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Jakarta, critics say, is no friend to pedestrians. In 2017, The New York Times dubbed it “the city where nobody wants to walk”.

However, the Big Durian has been working — regardless of its pace — to change that stigma by revamping its sidewalks and pedestrian bridges.

While many believe it is still lagging far behind other cities in Southeast Asia, or even Surabaya in East Java, the nation’s second-largest city, Jakarta has made strides in catering to the city’s pedestrians — though not everyone is amused.

In recent days, some Jakartans have shown their excitement over the new “Instagrammable” pedestrian bridges along Jl. ...