Room To Play

The lack of public spaces in Jakarta has become a chronic problem which still needs solution up until today. The great majority of privately developed shopping centers have gradually replace free open spaces. There are also less and less public spaces for children to play and interact, especially for the less fortunate ones.

A few days ago,  I saw these three children were playing around at the water fountain right in front of Taman Menteng. The way they didn’t even care about their surrounding (including me taking their pictures) while they were having fun amazed me. A small water fountain, a bunch of friends and empty cups from a nearby 7-Eleven store are all they need to create laughters and smiles on their little faces. A room to play isn’t free, but happiness is. 

Give them back their playground, please?

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When shopping Malls replace public space as a meeting place for people, it is a symptom that a city is ill. – Enrique Peñalosa

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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities 

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