Washington DC, NEWSURBAN.ID – Mayor of Makassar, Mohd. Ramdhan Pomanto or Danny Pomanto presented the Lorong Visata to academics and scientists at universities under the auspices of the US National Science Foundation in Virginia, Washington DC, United States, Friday morning (22/7/2022) local time.
In his presentation, Danny Pomanto stated that the Lorong Vista was a refinement of the Lorong Gardens, which succeeded in transforming thousands of streets in Makassar that were not maintained into a clean, organized and productive one.
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“We have perfected the Lorong vistas from Lorong Gardens, which is already running across the region. So it no longer just produces food plant products and small business products, the streets can become tourist destinations,” says Danny Pomanto explained.
With Lorong Vistas, apart from being able to meet the food needs of the family, it is also able to create sustainable economic resilience.
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“At Lorong Gardens residents’ surplus of plants is distributed to restaurants or hotels, while at Lorong Viseta we provide tourist attractions, the hallway has culinary art, SME products, and details of the history of the area. Of, the production will have economic flexibility,” he explained.
Danny Pomanto acknowledged that the Lorong Visata idea emerged when the Indonesian economy was hit by a pandemic, and the city of Makassar was no exception.
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In front of the NSF, Danny Pomanto said he was optimistic that Lorong Vistas would succeed. Reflecting on the success of Lorong Garden, the people in the hallway are the key to success. They have the enthusiasm to participate from planning to implementation.
Nevertheless, no less important is the role of RT and RW heads and the government when it comes to community participation, i.e. how the community understands and accepts the program.
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“Because we are a unit, like the body, the government is the brain, the tunnel is the cell. So to perfect these two, we need the nerves that connect them, that is technology. Makassar currently refers to himself as the metaverse. We call it the Makavars, the Makassar Metaverse,” he concluded. (BS/above)