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.
A 17-year-old male died in a traffic accident where the electric scooter he was riding got hit by a car. The passenger was thrown off the electric scooter and died on the scene.
The increasing prices of meals at public universities in Istanbul became a major item in the city following the suicide of a student who had posted on Twitter about not having enough money on her cafeteria card to eat. Istanbul's Kadıköy Volunteers Cafe was founded by a group of volunteers who reached an agreement with neighboring restaurants where students could purchase containers of food at reasonable prices.
Tourism associations in Turkey oppose a plan to establish a 'Meeting Lounge' outside Istanbul's new main airport where people will be charged 4 euros to wait for an arriving passenger. “If they take this practice one step further, it will become possible even to take money from you when you go to pick up your grandmother,” said Berrin Özgen of the Common Mind Tourism Platform.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu will answer the municipality's urban hotline where residents can report issues they have in the city.
The Turkish independent label Müstesna Records is set to release the shelTer album with all proceeds earned from the album going to benefit Istanbul's Eylül Cansın Trans Guesthouse. Turkey has the highest rate of murders of trans people in Europe, and the ninth in the world, and over 20 artists from Turkey and abroad have come together on the album to raise awareness locally and internationally about trans murders and suicides.
Istanbul's night subway service has proven to be more popular than expected with almost 600,000 passengers using the Friday-Saturday night service in only 2.5 months.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu is paying a two-day visit to London, conducting meetings with officials and investors. The mayor is in talks to borrow in international markets to finance infrastructure projects, especially in the area of transportation.
Turkey's mass housing agency, the Housing Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) has built 538,390 homes in the past ten years, while the construction of an additional 82,000 homes is ongoing.
Municipalities in the capital Ankara have decorated pavement stones with mathematics, physics and chemistry formulas in a district due to the area being heavily student populated.
Istanbul's 2019 tourist figures are expected to reach 15.5 million, exceeding the city's official population. According to figures from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 13.4 million tourists visited Istanbul in 2018, a 24 percent increase from the previous year.
It has become quite apparent that accessing healthy food in cities has become an important problem. In order to obtain safe food, the first thing that needs to be done is to stop using pesticides, according to Turgay Özçelik, communications coordinator of the Wheat Association for Supporting Ecological Living. According to Özçelik the best way of obtaining healthy food is by growing it ourselves.