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Last updated: April 30, 2013

A loss of community in Istanbul

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David Smith is interviewed by the blog Tarlabasi Istanbul about the problems of urban development in the Tarlabasi area. He advocates mixed housing between all income groups and a stronger sense of community.

"If all you're doing is developing the good part of the city, then sort of by definition you're going to drive the poor people to the bad part of the city," he says, adding that such efforts in many Western countries have failed. 

For more on the effects of rapid construction in local communities, check out the video above or read more in our recent feature Istanbul’s Tarlabasi – a symbol of urban renewal.

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