Tag Archives: Urban Poor

In pictures: housing, class, and mass evictions in Jakarta

01.05.15

Below are excerpts and photographs from an unfinished post written this past summer regarding Jakarta’s continuing issues with infrastructure development and forced evictions.

A 2006 Human Rights Watch report on government orchestrated forced evictions of Jakarta residents summed up the dynamic that has dictated the relationship between the city’s working urban poor and the government in one sentence: “One of the overarching themes in the history of Jakarta is the conflict between the desires of its rulers to create a model city to display to the world, and the desires of the poor of Indonesia to seek opportunities within it.”

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Mampang squatters evicted to widen river

08.19.2014

My latest piece for the Jakarta Post on the rapid demolition of informal homes along the Kali Mampang river in South Jakarta and mass evictions of the urban poor to make way for levies, gardens, and “inspection roads”. More to come soon on the subject of the City Administration’s often flawed approach to dealing with Jakarta’s congestion and overcrowding.

Clean Water a Commodity at Pluit Low-Income Housing

07.12.14

My latest brief write-up for the Jakarta Post, touching on water quality issues at Pluit low-income housing projects and poor communication between the City Administration housing management and tenants.

Empty water jugs outside Pluit low-income housing projects

Empty water jugs outside Pluit low-income housing projects