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Changing Ankara

In November 2014 I wanted to (again) visit the Yeni Doğan hill, where, I was told by some acquaintances of mine who lived there, rapid changes were taking place. The hill was one of many with “gecekondular”, simple dwellings of poor quality. All over Turkey such neighbourhoods are being bulldozed, and instead of the low houses high-rising (and for all I know much more expensive) apartment blocks appear. The people living in these neighbourhoods generally cannot afford the newly built houses, but are moved to the edge of town. I have seen this happen on a large scale in Trabzon, but almost every time I visit Ankara I find another hill’s gecekondular have been razed to the ground, and the state Toki-builders are busy building the aforementioned apartment blocks. I stayed in the dolmuş to Yeni Doğan too long and ended up in Çinçin, a neighbourhood where old and new houses stood next to each other. From there I walked back towards Kale hill, taking pictures of what is the changing face of Ankara.
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