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One of the last remaining green spaces in Istanbul, Marmara University's campus in high-brow Nişantaşı district, was re-zoned to allow construction.
"They're going to build a housing complex in the middle of our neighborhood and cut out our air," said Selma Yamut, a 45-year resident of the area.
The area measuring around 26,000 square-meters is also the only emergency meeting spot in the district, a mandatory allocation for all neighborhoods in Istanbul due to the high risk of earthquakes.
Residents of the area appealed the rezoning of the area, but failed to stop a permit for the construction of a 10-story building.
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