Posted in: Urban planning

Ahok's evictions ignore the human experience of displacement

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Thousands of residents were evicted from North Jakarta coastal region of Pasar Ikan last month, the latest community to be relocated under Jakarta Governor Ahok. While many Jakarta residents have praised Ahok for his efforts to transform the capital, Dicky Pelupessy writes that we should be mindful of the disruptive experience of displacement for evictees.

Photo essay: last drinks in Kalijodo

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Jakarta bid farewell to the Kalijodo red-light district last week. The city administration had announced plans to raze the area and turn it into green space just 20 days before the bulldozers moved in. Freelance photographer Imang Jasmine was there to capture the notorious district's final moments.

Visions for Bandung: balancing urban dreams and socio-spatial realities

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Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil has big plans for Bandung. But these plans are coming up against the informality that has shaped the city's development over many years. Anna Rowe and Amy Wu suggest an alternative approach that values informality and will ensure that all citizens – not just the middle class – can benefit from development.

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