Taksim Square

Urban planning and political/social will mutually spotlighting each other in Istanbul. In the NYT today . . .

I hope Taksim Square gets to stay the way it is right now and doesn’t get too sanitized. I’m still upset that the Star Ferry Terminal in Central got torn down and ticky-tackily ‘replaced/rebuilt’ in a new location, to accommodate IFC. I miss that landmark from my childhood. Did they really need another new shiny office/hotel/retail complex in HK right there?! Couldn’t they have reclaimed land somewhere else?! The charming patina of age is irreplaceable, except by time.

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