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Göktürk, Eyüp, Istanbul. January 2007; May 2007; December 2007; March 2008; May 2008; May 2009; December 2009; April 2010; April-June 2011; February 2012; December 2013; February-March 2014; December 2014; January-March 2015; June-July 2015.

The trend in Istanbul for the last decade is to build housing complexes for the upper middle class outside the city. Often times, these new developments lie in or adjacent to significantly poorer communities. The dichotomy between the two non-intersecting cultural segments of the nation is best represented by the walls that encircle the housing complexes, armed with cameras and other security devices. Outside the wall, one sees cheaper cars, shoddy constructions, and mosques that seem to take forever to be built. To some, religion is something to hold onto, and to others, it is a means for making profit. Likewise, to some, the wall is a symbol of division between the secular and the rest. It remains to be seen where this "ghetto in a ghetto" lifestyle and the growing "us and them" psychology will lead to.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Turkey