Only 48 hours or so separated our strolling down one sokak in Tarlabaşı, but in that time the local residents had created a garden from nothing. An old house that had been filled to overflowing with old sofas, plastics and scrap materials now had flowering plants out front.
A week later the waste-filled doorways had been boarded up behind the plants. Make-shift seating and a low table were now occupied by the local guys as they protected their plants from local children and their footballs. A few days later the lower half of the building and the boardings had been painted a common colour; a trailing pea plant was being encouraged up the front of the building and a picture was hung on the building.