Category Archives: Gentrification

Help needed for the Tarlabaşı Community Centre

Tweet Situated on Kalyoncu Kulluk Caddesi, a few houses down from the police station on Tarlabaşı Boulevard, the Tarlabaşı Community Centre has become an institution in the neighbourhood, providing free education, lectures and a place to spend after school time … Continue reading

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Against vested interest urbanism – An interview with David Harvey

Tweet In an interview with acclaimed theorist and activist David Harvey, he talked to us about the impact of urban renewal and gentrification, the increasing class segregation of cities, and the question of how to fight back. David Harvey is … Continue reading

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The looted prospect of Tarlabaşı Yenileniyor

Tweet Despite ongoing court cases– some hearings having been postponed to May 2012 – and a couple of residents are still holding out, demolitions in Tarlabaşı have started. Among the buildings being taken down manually, storey by storey, with sledgehammers, … Continue reading

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Tarlabasi demolitions in The Guardian

Tweet Today’s article in The Guardian: A few hundred metres from the bustling Taksim Square in Istanbul, the sound of jackhammers reverberates through the street: demolitions in the nearby neighbourhood of Tarlabasi are under way despite legal objections from residents, … Continue reading

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Tables (not yet) turned

Tweet Much has been said and written about the missing tables and chairs in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Beyoğlu, an area marketed as the city’s hip party district for over a decade. On an apparent whim, the local municipality ordered … Continue reading

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Tarlabaşı eviction process underway

Tweet Small removal trucks dart along Sakızağaç Caddesi, the main artery cutting through the Tarlabaşı Yenileniyor project area, carrying elaborate piles of furniture, bags of clothing, carpets wrapped in cloth. Ali, who ran a tiny shoeshine store 50 metres off … Continue reading

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Why a city should embrace its slums. An interview with David Smith

Tweet “The city does not exist that has no poor people” Earlier this year during the TOKI Housing Convention 2011,  we interviewed David Smith in Tarlabaşı where he talked to us about the importance of catering to all income groups … Continue reading

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Digging deeper – Istiklal Caddesi’s controversial new shopping centre

Tweet When the Demirören İstiklal shopping centre opened March 17, 2011 – just in time for the Istanbul Shopping Festival – it was in fact still under construction: light bulbs had been hastily screwed in, and visitors had to step … Continue reading

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Tarlabaşı blog in Hurriyet Daily News

Tweet This weekend the Hurriyet Daily News, one of the two main English language newspapers in Turkey, published an article on our blog here

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A cut above the rest

Tweet It is a rainy Sunday in late December. A man sticks his head in the door of the small barber shop on Sakızağaç Sokak in Tarlabaşı and asks: “Where is Hasan Usta? Does he have time for a shave?” … Continue reading

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