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Jakarta Post

Jakartans and malls, a misconstrued love affair?

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 27, 2020   /  05:45 pm
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Visitors ride the escalators on July 20, 2019 at Grand Indonesia shopping mall in Central Jakarta. (Shutterstock/Ko Aun Lee)

For college student Syifa Fatimah Azzahra, who was born, raised and grew up in Jakarta with a fondness for malls, shopping complexes have always been her go-to place to seek solace or to find whatever she needs. She recalled that her parents often took her to Cilandak Town Square, known colloquially as Citos, and Pondok Indah Mall, or PIM, located respectively 5 and 7 kilometers from her home in Pasar Minggu and the pinnacle of South Jakarta's shopping destinations in the late 1990. A third mall, Pejaten Village, opened in the area only as Syifa entered junior high school and in a location much closer to her house. Today, shopping malls are almost as ubiquitous as convenience stores and found at every major junction, attracting visitors with their rows of shops, air-conditioned s...