This blog is about the central Istanbul quarter of Tarlabaşı.
Originally a Non-Muslim (mainly Greek and Armenian) neighbourhood, diverse ethnic groups live here today: Kurds, Turks, and Roma. It also houses different social groups that are often marginalized in the city: transsexuals, sexworkers, or „illegal” immigrants on their way to Europe.
This blog will cover stories of Tarlabaşı’s inhabitants, its streets and buildings and will discuss the impact on the community of the renewal project “Tarlabaşı Yenileniyor” (Tarlabaşı is Renewed) that foresees the demolition of many buildings and the eviction of a large part of the present populace.
It also aims to serve as a platform and tool for journalists, researchers, activists and other people interested in urban issues in Istanbul.
Who we are:
Jonathan Lewis is a freelance documentary photographer based in Istanbul. His work has appeared in numerous international papers and magazines and he is represented by Polaris Images. www.jonathanlewisphoto.com
Constanze Letsch is undertaking a study of Tarlabaşı as part of her Ph.D. in Comparative Cultural Anthropology through Europe University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) on conflicts and resistance associated with gentrification issues. She also works as a freelance writer and journalist and is based in Istanbul.
We would also like to thank Jennifer Hattam for the great editing job she is doing on all our blog posts. Jennifer works as a writer and editor, and she is based in Istanbul. Her blog can be found here.