Tarlabaşı Blog

There is a great article\interview on the Tarlabaşı İstanbul Blog about government-sponsored gentrification in Tarlabaşı (as well as Sulukule... before it was bulldozed).

“There’s a rumour that the municipality is offering TOKI apartments for people in Tarlabaşı to move into,” Özge Karataş says. Sitting in a small coffeehouse on a Tarlabaşı backstreet, she waits for her working day to kick off. As a sex worker, her shifts usually start in the late afternoon. “But that’s not for me. I can’t leave this neighbourhood for nothing.” Asked if she knows where the TOKI development is, Özge laughs and takes another sip of tea. “You go past Büyükçekmece, and then you go even further, and then further again. It’s pretty far from here"

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