Inner City Development
In the last three years, disproportionate development has led to a shift in the distribution of inhabitants in the city and suburbs. Inadequate planning of the transportation system and slow infrastructure growth were incapable of accommodating the constant rise in traffic volume, both in the streets of Jakarta and in the outskirts of the city. This uneven growth has resulted in the return of middleclass residents back to the city from the suburbs as they attempt to improve traveltime, cut back on transportation costs with fuel efficiency, and avoid general stress on the road. Limited job opportunity in the suburban area also encouraged the move, especially to the downtown area.
Restructuring the city’s development plans will have a number of meaningful benefits that are capable of generating higher productivity and increase efficiency. In cities worldwide, luxury residences, such as condominiums, apartments, flats and hotels have become popular alternatives to concentrate city residents in areas close to economic and business districts, hence reduce the need to commute. Besides being more efficient in land use, the development of vertical dwellings meets the commuters’ demands for cost- and time-efficient travel. By choosing to live in these types of residences, people will give more time and energy to their work rather than spend it on the road.
As the vertical dwelling concept becomes more acceptable to Jakarta’s inhabitants, the super and mega blocks are the residence of choice, as it integrates residential areas with business hubs, shopping centers, and entertainment and recreation centers, suitable to the compact and modern lifestyle of the middle and upper class residents. The city’s uncurbed growth also leads to more complex housing problems. With “back to the city” becoming a usual phenomenon, the facility and convenience offered by apartment units attract other segments of the community, namely the middle class. Increasing market interest means more constructions of apartment unit that should be accompanied with a better transportation system that would yield greater mobility and cost-saving measures for middle-class residents. Aware of current living trends and in line with the Government’s campaign to provide adequate housing in an increasingly restricted space, APG actively promotes the “back to the city” program by continuing to develop all of its vertical dwelling projects in Jakarta’s downtown area. By creating safe, comfortable and residences complete with environmental facilities, APG provides the city’s inhabitants with the choice and opportunity to live a full and effective life.