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Jakarta Post

Informal businesses play important role in city life: Study

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 16 2019   /  01:18 am

Rooming houses and street vendors are important businesses for people in need of affordable lodgings and meals. While they are often neglected in city planning, a recent study has shown the important functions they serve, even in upscale areas.The study was conducted by Rame Rame Jakarta (Hustle and Bustle Jakarta), a local group that shares the interests of Jakarta’s informal entrepreneurs. Divided into three parts, the study released this month found that informal businesses in Karet, South Jakarta, near the Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD), thrive because of the patronage of white and blue collar workers alike.The first section of the report focuses on how informal sector food and beverage sellers provide workers with affordable meals, while the second part of the report explores rent and mobility. The third part of the report mainly details how the chain between producer a...