One of the first comments we received here is about having more public parks in Jakarta. Terry Collins (Jakartass) present a case of the dire need for parks in Jakarta. Hidayat Banjar wrote how grateful he is that Medan is better than Jakarta in terms of city park.The government, since 1999 in their RTRW 2010 (Master Plan), is actually targeting 14% of land to be dedicated for green open spaces. But currently, the number stalls at 1%-1.5%. Why do you think the Master Plan has failed?
Maybe we can start by being loud. People in facebook has begun to voice out their concerns:
- Jakarta – Vote Parks Over Malls!!
- 14,000 people has joined the cause for Public Spaces and Free Playground for Kids in Jakarta
- 3000 people has joined the cause for Hormati Pedestrian di Jakarta.
Or we can directly contact Dinas Pertamanan dan Pemakaman DKI. Hopefully, with more people enquiring, the government will realize the urgency of this matter. BTW It’s fascinating to see that public parks, which are meant to be social space, are put together with cemeteries, which are the place for the dead.