A banter between two Istanbul district municipalities about who had the best views turned into a nationwide competition. While the two Istanbul municipalities also compared accomplishments, municipalities from around Turkey sent in their best shots.
A historic building in Istanbul's neighborhood that up until recently housed the Istanbul Office of the Secretariat General for EU Affairs has been transformed into a restaurant and shisha cafe. “There couldn't be a better example of spatial transformation that explains Turkey's political transformation,” wrote urban sociologist Yaşar Adanalı on Twitter posting before and after photos of the building.
Millions of square-meters of land was zoned for commercial and residential use, FOX TV reported on July 24. The land joins those owned by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, mother of Qatar Emir on the artificial canal's route.
Istanbul Municipality recently tore down fences around a renovated historic block that was gated-in to give the appearance of a housing complex to a city block. With a history of booming nightlife, Istanbul's Sulukule neighborhood became the site of a state urban transformation project in 2005.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has said that he will submit his plan to introduce 5,000 new taxis in the megacity to the municipality's transportation center on June 25. "We are taking the first step to attain the standards that befit Istanbul and are bringing our new taxi proposal to UKOME tomorrow," İmamoğlu said on June 24.
Business in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet suffers post-COVID-19 while seaside neighborhood thrives
Business owners in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district have been suffering from dramatically decreased business since re-opening on June 1 after months of COVID-19 closures. Meanwhile, a seaside neighborhood on the Anatolian side of Istanbul has returned to pre-isolation crowds.
The district governorate of Istanbul's Princes' Islands have not allowed the use of sixty electric-powered minibuses that the city planned to replace the recently-banned horse-drawn carriages. The governorate said that the colorfully-painted minibuses lacked the proper certification.
Taxi drivers have lashed out at Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu's plan to add 5,000 more taxi licenses to the market. "Driving taxis is not the municipality’s job,” said the head of the Istanbul Airport Taxi Drivers Cooperative.
Yiğit O. Özdemir writes: Today, what we know of as Istanbul's Istiklal Avenue was originally called Grande Rue de Pera. It is where decisions are made, especially when it comes to how and with which tools will “urban plunder” be managed. Mechanisms of consent and resistance are formed here. The victories and defeats of campaigns about urban space happen here.
Aynur Tekin reports: A platform established by the residents of Istanbul's Princes' Islands, urged the municipality of Istanbul to ensure healthy conditions as well as routine inspections for the horses of the island. More than 1,000 horses living in stables on Istanbul's Princes' Islands are at risk of death due to lack of activity, they said.
Journalist, translator and author Liz Behmoaras' novel “Lale Pudding Shop” introduces readers to the dreams, states of mind and love stories of the 1968 generation.
Serbian actor Darko Peric, the star of Netflix's hit series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), said that if he hadn't chosen the code name of "Helsinki" in the show, he would choose Istanbul. Ekrem İmamoğlu, the city's mayor said, "Helsinki is right."
The Municipality of Istanbul (IBB) has purchased 60 vehicles of two different models to replace the horse-drawn carriages of the city's Princes Islands following a decision made in December 2019 to transition to wheeled electric vehicles. While 40 of the vehicles seat 13 people, the rest are four-seaters that will be used on-demand by residents who have a hard time navigating the sloping landscape.
Istanbul Municipality will operate ferries 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays after the practice was implemented for buses, subways and the special vehicles metrobus, it said Feb. 27.
The Istanbul municipality is holding a design competition to reshape the city's iconic Taksim Square. The square at central Istanbul has lost its historic fabric after being turned into a concrete-covered place in recent years.