Jakarta gets www.rujak.org on its 482nd anniversary from and for all of us, who just want a better place to live sustainably. Does the anniversary means anything at all?
Maybe it does mean something:
This is the last year before the current Spatial Plan (RTRW, Rencana Tata Ruang Wilayah) of the metropolis expires next year. Strangely, we have not heard anything about a new Spatial Plan yet. So, if any of you know or hear anything at all, it would be nice to share it here with all Jakartans. Every one is invited.
For our sake, a new Spatial Plan should really mean something, and not just a nice plan on paper. Jakarta desperately needs an effective plan to solve many of its problems, such as traffic jam and flood. But, it needs to solve the problems with a vision: to solve traffic jam it needs a vision of a future transportation system, and to solve flood problem it needs a vision on comprehensive water management. Jakarta needs a vision to guide its development into a sustainable future. It does not help to solve problems in an ad-hoc fashion.
More than any plan, the city also needs actions urgently. A plan should really specify actions by every one. And every one should be invited to suggest what actions are needed to make this city a better place to live, or really just a place at all.
www.rujak.org is dedicated for every one to share ideas and actions. Every one is invited. This is a very good time, if not the time, for the city to change. Please use rujak.