Family resists lucrative urban transformation project in popular Istanbul neighborhood
Urban transformation projects are running at full gallop across Istanbul, but in the popular neighborhood of Fikirtepe, a local family is resisting giving his approval for the demolition of his house.
Despite all of the buildings in its surroundings being completely eradicated with the area turned into a construction field, the landowner refuses to sell his property without a clear contract.
The landowner, A.D., persists on keeping his house unless the company carrying out the projects offers a concrete deal, while rejecting the accusation that he is asking for more money.
“We want problems regarding [urban transformation projects] to be solved. We had to evacuate the house after they cut the electricity and the water. They are harassing me by phone because I did not make an agreement. But I asked the company for a clear deal and guarantee. It is not about greed or asking for more money,” A.D. told Hürriyet