03 Dec '11, 5pm

Growth Without Limits In Istanbul: A New Film Looks At The Human And Environmental Toll

Growth Without Limits In Istanbul: A New Film Looks At The Human And Environmental Toll

Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits /Video screen capture Traffic in Istanbul. "May God destroy your homes too!" a woman cries out as bulldozers tear down a ramshackle assortment of tents and shanty-houses in Istanbul's Ayazma neighborhood. The area's poor families, displaced to make room for a large housing development, are offered the chance to buy in to the new construction -- if they can rustle up down-payments of 15,000 Turkish Liras (more than $8,000) each. Though less well-known than the plights of Sulukule and Tarlabaşı , the gentrification of the Ayazma area is a story repeated across Istanbul as the city grows seemingly unchecked. Poor Families Displaced By Development The story of the Ayazma families is the strongest part of Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits , a documentary named after a concept of a "single continuous worldwide city" that looks at the drivers and...

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