Chris Stowers

Jakarta, Java, INDONESIA

The former suburban village of Kemang, a spot popular for its restaurants, art galleries and fashion boutiques, is becoming increasingly overshadowed by new residential developments. With 10-plus million people living in the capital - 25 million, if the Greater Metropolitan area is counted - over 1000 cars are being added each day to Jakartas' roads. Gridlock is predicted sometime in 2014 unless something is done to alleviate the chronic traffic situation. The city's much trumpeted BTS bus system is struggling to cope against a booming economy attracting more and more migrants into the capital every day. With foreign direct investment in 2012 topping that of the previous year by 26%, shopping centres and luxury residential complexes are popping up on every available plot of land. These projects provide much day-work for manual labourers and the small army of security guards deemed necessary to protect them from the homegrown terrorist threat that has seen several bars and hotels targeted throughout the country in recent years. Much of the traditional suburban village atmosphere of this traditionally low-rise city is disappearing in a cloud of smog and cement dust from hastily constructed flyovers and elevated roads.

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