Planning and the cultural landscapes of suburban Turkey

Authored by: Bahar Durmaz-Drinkwater , Jaap Vos , Asli Ceylan Öner

The Routledge Companion to the Suburbs

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138290235
eBook ISBN: 9781315266442
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A place’s amenities may become a magnet for different groups looking for a new place to live, work, or entertain. The concept of “amenity migration” deals with movements of people based on a place’s natural, cultural, or lifestyle characteristics (Öner and Vos, 2015; Woods, 2011). The concept of amenity migration provides valuable insights into how local landscapes are transformed by outside groups, resulting in a shift in those localities’ social and political dynamics and their connection to processes arising from current economic conditions (Woods, 2011). This chapter focuses on the concept of amenity migration and then explores the recent initiatives and developments (i.e., induced or developed through time) in an administrative suburban district of İzmir called Urla, located on the western axis of İzmir, Turkey’s third-largest city and an important gateway to Europe.

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