Tarlabaşı

I love my half-underground apartment in Çeliktepe, but I have to admit, if I could live in any neighborhood in Istanbul I would live in Tarlabaşı, the ghetto where I attend a Turkish church. Historically it was a wealthy Armenian and Greek neighborhood, but as Orthodox Christian minorities were forced to leave Turkey during the early Republic era it became a ghetto largely inhabited by Kurds and Roma people. It’s also a haven for transvestites, sex workers, and other people employed in more dubious professions. In short, it makes me homesick for Louisville’s Shelby Park neighborhood.

Today I stumbled upon this video of David Smith of the Affordable Housing Institute talking about the gentrification of Tarlabaşı that is happening now. I was surprised to hear how well informed he is and how he also has a very integrated vision for the future of the community.  I hope the Turkish Housing Authority (TOKİ) listens to his advice.

David Smith in Tarlabasi, Istanbul. On urbanisation & slums from Tarlabasi Istanbul on Vimeo.

HT: Pax Urbanus

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About mjbutterworth

I love drinking/making coffee, making/listening to music, riding bicycles, and reading about theology. I also like blogs that talk about those things. Most of all, I love Jesus because his gospel has changed my life.
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One Response to Tarlabaşı

  1. Julie Donovan says:

    Wonderful insights. Would love to know who is lobbying this cause with TOKi. Maybe something right up your alley, M!

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