Until the End of the River
By Bima Pratama
Solo has four main river connections: Bengawan Solo, Kali Anyar, Kali Pepe and Kali Jenes. These rivers have a long history of contribution toward city development from colonial era up till now. Along with the growth of the city, the river has changed significantly both physical structure and social-environmental function.
Population growth from time to time has given impact to the river and its surrounding. Development creates denser environment and forces people to move up to “end of border.” New residential areas grow very fast and seem uncontrollable reaching area in river banks, slowly but sure the river suffers from environmental degradation.
Different types of housing along the river can be seen in Solo, this is due to different location and condition of the rivers.