from 2.5 million inhabitants 1975 to a staggering 15.03 million today, Istanbul has been growing rapidly over the past several decades.
the city as well as its community underwent a structural change from former trading and working-class society to a post-industrial global city. accordingly, fancy hotels and restaurants have since slowly replaced the monotonous factory walls to create an illustrious yet charmingly nostalgic image of one the world’s most captivating cities.
however, the ongoing strive to emulate the glory of its Western counterparts took its toll on those who compose the vast majority of the city. with neighborhoods slowly decaying and workplaces being reduced, the citizens are faced with many challenges, making authentic neighborhoods such as Tarlabaşı almost hard to find. but Tarlabaşı is not an isolated case nor is it special. in fact, Tarlabaşı is everywhere. endangered, empowered and always working. a truly "rare species".