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Jakarta Post

Pedestrians to get priority in Kemang makeover

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 11, 2019   /  10:01 am
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A road affected by floods in Kemang, South Jakarta, in this file photo dated Dec. 10, 2018.(JP/Iqbal Yuwansyah)

Kemang has long been known as an upscale neighborhood in South Jakarta, a favorite area for locals and expatriates alike with many trendy cafes, clubs, shops and art galleries. However, frequent visitors and residents know that walking around the neighborhood, infamous for traffic congestion and floods during the rainy season, can be difficult. In a bid to improve Kemang, the Jakarta administration is set to roll out a sidewalk-revitalization program next month as part of a citywide program aimed at providing better facilities for pedestrians. Jakarta Bina Marga Agency head Hari Nugroho said as Kemang had already became a tourist destination, the program would boost its iconic status even more. “We have discussed with people living there. Don’t you want your area to be advanced, becoming an international icon for tourists to visit? Hotels will be full. Culinary pl...