This study compared the gentrification processes in Cihangir and Tarlabasi. The dynamics of the gentrification process
in Cihangir is compared with the vastly different gentrification process in Tarlabasi. Interpretations of gentrification are
also included in this paper.
The study analyzed the dynamics of the gentrification process in Cihangir, Istanbul (Turkey) to determine the extent
of change during the process. Characterization of the Cihangir neighborhood, which distinguishes Cihangir from other
gentrified urban areas, is another aspect of this study. The transformation of Cihangir is currently underway; it involves
the revolution and renovation of land and buildings, which is known as gentrification. The gentrification process in
Cihangir is affected by socio-economic and socio-cultural transformations. This paper examines gentrification in the
Cihangir neighborhood, which has occurred spontaneously and supports the perpetuation of social diversity, which
occurs in many urban areas. Although Istanbul’s Tarlabasi region exhibits geophysical characteristics that resemble the
geophysical characteristics of Cihangir, Tarlabasi is affected by a completely different gentrification process, which is
known as planned gentrification.
In the context of this study, scholars question whether gentrification is “erasing the social geography of urban land
and unique architectural pattern,” or if gentrification represents “the upgrading and renaissance of the urban land.”
Keywords: Gentrification, Urban Transformation, Urban Development, Rent Gap, Socioeconomic Upgrading.
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