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Jakarta Post

Jakartans question move to go roofless for footbridge across Jl. Sudirman

  • Vela Andapita
    Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 9, 2019   /  11:14 am
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Office workers cross the now-roofless bridge across Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has ordered the removal of the roof on the grounds of giving pedestrians a better view on Jakarta's skyscrapers.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Jakarta administration’s latest attempt to serve pedestrians has elicited a mixed response from the public. It revolves around the decision to take the roof off a footbridge across one of the capital’s major thoroughfares, Jl. Sudirman in Central Jakarta. While some people appear excited to take photos and selfies on the now-roofless bridge that connects the pedestrian area in front of Wisma Bumiputera with Astra Tower, others seem less impressed. The city administration said the roof’s removal was aimed at affording pedestrians a better view from the bridge. Many, however, have questioned the decision, calling it unnecessary for a public facility that serves more important purposes than gazing at the city. One of those not happy with the change is Dwika Putra, a private company employee who works at the Indofood Tower, next to Wisma Bumiputera. &ldqu...