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Jakarta Post

Where the sun never shines: The dark, cramped alleys many Jakartans call home

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 21 2019   /  12:43 am
Gloomy: The houses of Gang Venus in Tambora, West Jakarta, are located so close together that their roofs prevent any natural light from shining into the narrow alleyway.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)(JP/Budi Sutrisno)

Gloomy: The houses of Gang Venus in Tambora, West Jakarta, are located so close together that their roofs prevent any natural light from shining into the narrow alleyway.(JP/Budi Sutrisno)The sun was blasting its heat on Jl. Jembatan Besi in Tambora, West Jakarta, at noon on Tuesday, yet not a single ray of light hit most parts of a narrow nearby alley called Gang Venus, leaving its residents shrouded in darkness.A lack of space and the high cost of housing in the capital have forced people there to live in houses packed from wall to wall, with roofs and upper floors protruding over the alley, leaving no gaps for natural light to sneak in.For light, the residents rely solely on lamps hanging from what is essentially the ceiling of the alley.“The lamps and electric fans are kept on all day while we are at home,” said 32-year-old Ardila.“We just hang our laundry up on the little terr...