Category: Istanbul

Urban cleansing

7 June, 2012 (12:08) | Cities, Infrastructure, Istanbul, Markets, Restaurants, Sidewalks, Traffic jams, Turkey, Walkability |

By:David A. Smith   Even as Turkey has announced it will be embarking on dramatic urban regeneration, the government is also shaking up the established order of informality in street usages, and that, as reported by my friend Constanze Letsch in The Guardian, results in immediate displacement and disruption of the economic cryptobiotica:   Bar […]

What makes a city great?

23 June, 2011 (10:32) | Cities, Housing, Istanbul, Slums, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   How the poor live in it.   Tarlabasi, Istanbul   That flash of insight hit me as I read an original and entertaining Financial Times essay by its architecture and design critic, Edwin Heathcote, who quite properly dismantles the callow mush passing for ‘best of the world’ city livability:   […]

Turkey: Part 5, what Turkey can do for affordable housing

4 May, 2007 (09:36) | Affordable Housing, Economics, Finance, Istanbul, Turkey |

  [Continued from the previous Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4.]   About this time, my talk at the Turkish Real Estate Summit in Istanbul was running late — and a good speaker always ends on time:   “My speech is running late! Oh, my paws and whiskers.”   What follows, I was able to […]

Turkey: Part 4, the great unspoken risk

3 May, 2007 (09:48) | Affordable Housing, Economics, Finance, Istanbul, Turkey |

[Continued from the previous Parts 1, 2, and 3.]   Partway through my presentation at the Turkish Real Estate Summit in Istanbul, and just after I’d shown the pictures of imploding US and UK high-rises, I touched briefly on the rhinoceros in the room, the unvoiced risk: earthquake.   Izmit 1999: Which of these three […]

Turkey: Part 3, affordability gap

2 May, 2007 (09:33) | Affordable Housing, Economics, Finance, Istanbul, Turkey |

[Continued from the previous Part 1 and Part 2.]   After I’d spent a day listening to the first panelists at the Turkish Real Estate Summit in Istanbul, I’d concluded that my hosts wanted to hear about both the impact of the new mortgage law, and what Turkey could do to promote housing affordability.   […]