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Istanbul’s Many Identities

Trying to grasp the way many megalopolises have grown in the last decade means considering a whole series of parameters, some less obvious than others, but all directly linked to the way these large urban centres have developed or are still developing.
Large Western cities, whose identity was forged many years ago, and which today function within a democratic framework of mature capitalism, appear to have preserved their essential character and layout over time. Many have seen improvements in public works and services, and population growth is due to general urbanisation trends as people move to the city.
The changes taking place in large Western cities are more of a social and economic kind: the increased average age of the population, and the crisis of a growth-based economic model that for the first time has been severely undermined, generating a new kind of poverty. If...

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