Ghosts and The City
“Gentrification and excessive development are major realities in major global cities, but in Istanbul, they’re on steroids.”
This is Views from the Metropolis, a monthly column by Paul Osterlund on Turkey's urban transformation due to development, conflict, and migration.
Istanbul is a gigantic city of 15 million where civilizations have settled for thousands of years. It has expanded at warp speed over the past several decades but still remains anchored around its position between the Black and Marmara Seas, separated by the captivating Bosphorus Strait.
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