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In Jakarta, kampungs coexist with skyscrapers

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 21 2019   /  01:17 am
Space is a luxury: Residents go about their daily activities in densely populated Kampung Muka, Ancol, North Jakarta, in this 2017 file photo. Generally overlooked in city planning, kampungs have survived behind high-rise buildings and next to upscale gated communities along the banks of the city’s rivers.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Space is a luxury: Residents go about their daily activities in densely populated Kampung Muka, Ancol, North Jakarta, in this 2017 file photo. Generally overlooked in city planning, kampungs have survived behind high-rise buildings and next to upscale gated communities along the banks of the city’s rivers.(JP/Jerry Adiguna)Through the eyes of the haves, the kampungs of the city might be unpleasant to look at. Dark, situated alongside alleyways and densely populated with little room for residents to move, kampungs may not represent modern, urban living.The Jakarta administration has time and again focused on developing kampungs, which are considered by many to be the city’s slums. There have been construction projects and evictions at kampungs to polish Jakarta’s image as the metropolitan capital of the largest economy in Southeast Asia.Even though kampungs are overlooked in city pl...