I went for a stroll through my neighborhood and a drive around greater Jakarta with some friends the other day. The contrasts that exist in this city are striking. Huge housing complexes hosting multimillion dollar mansions dwarf makeshift shanty towns. Giant multinational corporations and enormous shopping plazas loom menacingly over tiny mom and pop "warungs". Brilliant green fields growing local produce butt up against dingy brown canals and dull grey roadways. The essence of Jakarta is in these contrasts and explains so well this teeming gotham of a city.
These images come from a community built on a swamp about a five minute drive from where I live. The people who live here pay 25$ a month to the landowner.
The living quarters and walkways built over the water.
The enormous Mall Artha Gading is across the street from the housing complex. Constuction in Kelapa Gading is progressing at a frenzied rate and show no signs of slowing down. Most likely the land where these houses are located will soon be developed.
One of Toyota's corporate buildings can be seen in the background.
A girl returning from a Saturday morning program at the complexes mosque. The walkways were sketchy to say the least. Fortunatley we had sveral kids tagging along and they told us which boards not to step on. Even so I broke through one of the boards much to their amusement.
Just a kid hanging out.
An impromptu high jump competition.
On the street that parallels the complex are all sorts of small shops and other services including this apartment for doves.
For 500 rupiah (about 5 cents) a toddler gets a ride.
Below is a cemetery in Kemang, one of the more established neighborhoods in Jakarta and home to a large expat community.
The central square in downtown Jakarta is home to the Monas statue.
Monas at sunset