In Istanbul, a Burgeoning Livable Streets Movement

 

 StreetFilms’ Elizabeth Press traveled to Istanbul, Turkey recently, and put together this vid of horrendous traffic conditions and initiatives to take back the streets. Featured in the film is Kevser Üstündag, professor of architecture and World Carfree Network advisor, who discusses transit and car-free Sundays.

At 1:40, check out Istiklal Caddesi, an avenue that was closed to cars in 1987 and has since grown to be one of the most successful and desirable areas of the city.

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