Turkish Railways’ contractor for massive mall revealed to be son of State Supervisory Council member
The board chairman of a construction company the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) signed a deal with has turned out to be the son of a member of Turkey's State Supervisory Council (DDK). While the project is estimated to cost around 194 million liras, the company will be paying rent to the TCDD during the construction process.
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.
In the light of social-distancing orders, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality placed "social distancing circles," measuring roughly 240 cm in diameter and spaced 180 cm apart, throughout Caddebostan Park. The municipality will extend the implementation to other parks in the city in the following days.
Istanbul's legendary Atlas and Rexx cinemas have been shut down amid financial difficulties. They were both popular meeting points of Istanbulites and one of the few movie theaters that were not parts of big chains.
Last Friday, I went out alone to explore the usually-lively districts of Şişli, Beşiktaş, Kadıköy and Beyoğlu. It was a surreal and startling journey. While the three hours or so I spent outside were spooky and unsettling, it was comforting to know that the city is taking coronavirus seriously.
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.