Many of Istanbul's low-income districts have fallen victim in recent years to the city's steamroller "urban transformation" policy, which has led to the wholesale eviction of entire neighborhoods. Perhaps one of the most egregious examples of this has been the case the Roma residents of the Sulukule neighborhood in Istanbul's old city, who saw their historic neighborhood razed to the ground to make way for high-priced villas -- despite vocal criticism from local and international groups.
Several years after the area's residents were moved to new housing far from the center of town, the Guardian returns to Sulukule to follow up on the story. From the Guardian:
An "urban regeneration" scheme that turfed thousands of Roma out of their historic settlement in Sulukule is now advertising new townhouses in the district at almost 10 times the price paid to the evictees. The Turkish authorities are being accused of deliberately driving out the Roma in the name of town planning.
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