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Vendors return: City racks brains for better way to manage Kota Tua

  • Sausan Atika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 31, 2019   /  10:55 am
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Street vendors run their businesses on Jl. Kunir, a few meters away from Fatahillah Square in Kota Tua, Taman Sari, West Jakarta on June 20, 2018. Street vendors who have been relocated to a city-run food court called Lokbin Kota Intan have returned to sell near the square as they rarely get customers in the food court.(kompas.com/Rima Wahyuningrum)

The city’s efforts to control street vendors at West Jakarta's main tourist attraction in the Kota Tua area seems to be going in circles. An attempt to relocate them nearby to Lokbin Kota Intan, a permanent city-run sales location on Jl. Cengkeh, Taman Sari, bore no fruit as the vendors keep returning to Fatahillah Square, a large open space surrounded by historic buildings in Kota Tua, where they can easily find customers and vice versa. Fatahillah Square, the most popular attraction within the old city, is visited by an average of more than 1,000 people a day. Their demand for culinary delicacies has lured street vendors closer to the place. One vendor who had been relocated to Kota Intan, Fatimah, 56, said she had been selling food there during the day, but sometimes she opened a stall near the square in the evening as the location on Jl. Cengkeh was rarely visited ...