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Affordable housing for all ‘doable’: Urbanists

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 15 2019   /  01:06 am

For millions of middle- and lower-income Jakartans, owning a roof over their heads may seem an impossibility amid sky-high land prices, but some urbanists believe that providing affordable housing is not a distant dream.Urban experts stress that better coordination between the city administration and the private sector, as well as taking the appropriate communications approach in housing and relocation projects, would generate many alternative solutions.Jakartans that fall into the middle-income bracket generally opt to purchase a house in the suburbs and spend hours commuting every day to work in the capital.Families in the lower-income bracket, on the other hand, are left with no choice but to rent, move in with relatives or build ad hoc settlements that gradually expand into slum areas.Urban expert Joko Adianto, an architectu...