Turkish Granite!


Another phase of grand construction on Istiklal Street has begun. Istanbul Municipality says here Turkish granite will be used this time. And where were you before dudes? Weren’t you the same people who used the Chinese granites a year ago. Welcome to the super dusty Istiklal Street! Your municipality won’t allow you to enjoy the street. No need to try…

4 Comments so far

  1. Di (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

    Nooooooooo, don’t tell me they are messing with Istiklal Street … it didn’t need fixed.

    Friends told me they cut down the trees, I couldn’t believe it.

  2. Meral (unregistered) on June 3rd, 2006 @ 10:24 am

    Unfortunately it is true that they cut the trees. And the excuse they had for cutting them was “Because shop owners wanted it!” as if they care about what shop owners demand! They claimed that shop owners wanted the trees to be removed because because of the trees people could not see shop windows!!! In reality because of the trees people were pushed towards the shop windows! They can’t even find a decent excuse, yet they administer this city!!! (Several years ago municipality authorities of Istanbul started cutting poplar trees because, because of their pollens some people were having health problems! And do you know what trees they cut first? The monumental poplar trees of hundreds of years old!)
    Anyway… Yes, they removed the beautiful rough cobblestones of Istiklal Caddesi, kept that lovely street as a construction site for months during which it was dusty, muddy, dirty, and exteremly dangerous, finally managed to complete laying granites which were broken, crumbled, collapsed only a week later, and now everything will start again!
    I wonder how much money they paid for those removed imported granites? (They imported granites as if there is no granite in Turkey! Granite is an extremely expensive stone, and if it is imported it becomes more expensive!) And I wonder how much money they will pay for these new granites. (In fact they didn’t pay it, WE paid!) I also wonder when they will manage to finish this second granite laying? I also wonder when they will decide to replace this new stones?
    I also wonder whose idea to use granite-an extremely slippery stone-in a city (namely, Istanbul) where it rains three fourth of the year!
    I think if all those shop owners in Istiklal Street who had and will have great financial loses because of those long constructions, people who fell and will fall because of those constructions, people whose clothes were stained because of those constructions, people who had been deprived of and will be deprived of their beautiful street will unite and sue the municipality, it will be very good.

  3. Di (unregistered) on June 4th, 2006 @ 8:42 am

    It sounds like they need young and intelligent people who love Istanbul and understand how it works on the boards that make these decisions …

  4. metecem (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 6:01 am

    it looks like they need brave people who could just say that it is ridiculous to redesign a street every two years spending a fortune.

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