Istanbul municipality demolishes cafes said to be unlicensed on Heybeliada, meets with fierce criticism
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) police teams on Sept. 24 demolished some restaurants and cafes on Heybeliada on the grounds that they were unlicensed. Café owners slammed the İBB's move saying that they had already paid an "occupancy fee" to the local management to use the lands in question.
Istanbulites will select the new face of Taksim Square from among three projects as part of the Istanbul Municipality's plans to renovate the area. Şerif Süveydan, Bünyamin Derman and Kutlu İnanç Bal were the winners in the contest that was held by Istanbul Planning Agency and Istanbul Municipality's Department of Cultural Assets.
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.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) received a rare, valuable portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror this week, following a delicate and complex method of transport devised to ensure the safety of the artwork.
A portrait of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror that Istanbul Municipality purchased arrived at the border on Aug. 20, daily Sözcü reported. The painting was bought for 7.9 million liras in late June. It will remain on display permanently in the municipal headquarters.
A small park with a historic Ottoman past in Beyoğlu's Sütlüce was seized from the Istanbul Municipality and transferred to the Education Ministry. AKP city council member Faruk Gökkuş said that locals in the area urgently needed a school, while CHP city council member Süleyman Solmaz said that the park was not big enough enough to house one.
Hasan Bülent Kahraman, an academic and former columnist at the pro-government Sabah newspaper, was on Aug. 19 appointed to the CHP-run Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's Culture and Art Platform Advisory Board. Following widespread criticism of this appointment, Kahraman on Aug. 20 resigned from his duty, according to OdaTV.
Upon the orders of the governor's office, police have torn down the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality's posters reading "Either Kanal or Istanbul." Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu slammed the move, saying: “Unfortunately a handful of people are now doing whatever they want, even without needing the judiciary's decision. Unlawfulness has become the country's biggest problem."
Once-bustling Istanbul office of Turkey’s EU Affairs Ministry turns into a shisha cafe; thousands apply for an ad that seeks “gigolos for rich older women” and an online campaign #womenempoweringwomen turns to a “mirror mirror on the wall” contest.
A district governor's office in Ankara ordered the municipality to transfer any donations they collected for COVID-19 relief to the central government for public use. The donation campaign by the main opposition municipality had been suspended on March 31 on the grounds that any aid would be carried out by the central government.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Council has raised the price of water by 12.6 percent. AKP councillor Tevfik Göksu said that although Istanbul's Water Authority İSKİ had demanded a raise of 35 percent, AKP and MHP councillors would be willing to approve only a 12.6 percent raise, which he said was the current average inflation rate.
Part of Istanbul's ancient city walls collapsed in the historic Sulukule neighborhood. The collapse is the second in the past two months, with another part crumbling on May 3.
A recent simulation by Istanbul Municipality revealed the southern suburbs of the city to be the highest-risk areas in a potential earthquake. While the suburbs are located on both sides of the city, they're all placed alongside the southern Marmara Sea shoreline.
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.
Renovation work on Istanbul's iconic Galata Tower's exterior was paused to protect the hatching common swift babies. The decision followed a petition with over 11,000 signatures and complaints from non-governmental organizations.