Istanbul Taksim Gezi Park has nothing to do with trees
Istanbul's central area of Taksim is currently the size of a fledging 'occupy movement' as people react to this morning's 5am tear gassing of protestors opposed to unchecked gentrification in the historic city.
Since the government announced plans to redevelop Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square, many Turks objected on different grounds, most are concerned at the loss of green space and the destruction of trees and a place where people could sit in the afternoon sunshine.
Years of rabid neo-liberal gentrification under the guise of urban improvement has seen swathes of the Istanbul city transformed. Most recently the go ahead was given for the third Istanbul bridge which is due to see the city transformed into an enormous monster spreading up towards the black sea.
Many commentators see this as the death knell for Istanbul. In the city center the central working class neighborhood of Tarlabasi is currently being decimated while projects such as Galataport and the redevelopment of the Kadikoy train station see historical parts of the city flattened and redevelopment as global investment opportunities leading to soaring prices and the replacing of large parts of the city with shopping malls and luxury apartments.
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