Tarlabasi, up for destruction

Tarlabasi is a hilly area of crowded streets with four to five storey houses built in around 1880-1900, formerly lived in by Greeks, Jews, Armenians and others, more recently by poorer Kurdish and gypsy (Roma and Cinti) families, not to mention the city's infamous transsexuals). The area is adjacent to the affluent Beyoglu area, centre of the city's nightlife. The city planners have decided to redevelop the whole area, pushing those families out to the outskirts of Istanbul, so they can pull down the old (and frankly dilapidated) houses and build houses, shops, hotels and so on for the international middle classes, probably at a vast profit to those in the right places. The process of destruction is proceeding at a fast pace, so I had to be quick to record what is left of this colourful and eclectic neighbourhood.

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Taken on August 4, 2012