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Tearing At Istanbul's Heritage - 05 Nov 2014
A handful of Istanbul’s longest-standing tradesmen are fighting to keep their slice of history alive in the city after a new regulation pushing gentrification may soon force their businesses to close down.

Their shops in the fashionable Beyoglu district, lined with Italianate edifices and served by a red vintage tram, have become a front in the battle over Istanbul's development that has provoked protests and polarised public opinion.
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October 29, 2014
Residents look out of their apartments in Tarlabasi neighbourhood of Beyoglu district at an urban transformation...
Istanbul, Turkey
Residents look out of their apartments in Tarlabasi neighbourhood of Beyoglu district at an urban transformation...
Residents look out of their apartments in Tarlabasi neighbourhood of Beyoglu district at an urban transformation area in central Istanbul September 5, 2014. The Turkish Parliament amended the commercial code to allow landlords to eject tenants of 10 years or more without cause. The rule, which went into effect in July, scraps a tradition of renter-friendly laws, potentially hitting millions of businesses and residents Picture taken September 5, 2014. To match TURKEY-GENTRIFICATION/ REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION SOCIETY POLITICS)
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October 29, 2014
Ilya Avramoglu adjusts show window of his apparel shop in central Istanbul September 12, 2014. Business...
Istanbul, Turkey
Ilya Avramoglu adjusts show window of his apparel shop in central Istanbul
Ilya Avramoglu adjusts show window of his apparel shop in central Istanbul September 12, 2014. Business is brisk at Ilya Avramoglu's 78-year-old apparel shop, one of the last minority-owned establishments on historic Istiklal Avenue, but a new law pushing gentrification may soon force its closure. Run by three generations of a Jewish family, the wood-paneled Kelebek Corset Shop, little changed since the 1930s, survived a racist mob that attacked non-Muslims a half-century ago, the subsequent decades of decline and a recent economic rebirth by keeping up with what women wear underneath. Now it is an unlikely front in Istanbul's gentrification battles that have fuelled social protest and polarised the public about Turkey's economic future. Picture taken September 12, 2014. To match TURKEY-GENTRIFICATION/ REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY BUSINESS)
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October 29, 2014
Workers, with emptied old buildings in the background, pause at a construction site at Beyoglu district...
Istanbul, Turkey
Workers, with emptied old buildings in the background, pause at a construction site at Beyoglu district...
Workers, with emptied old buildings in the background, pause at a construction site at Beyoglu district in central Istanbul August 29, 2014. The Turkish Parliament amended the commercial code to allow landlords to eject tenants of 10 years or more without cause. The rule, which went into effect in July, scraps a tradition of renter-friendly laws, potentially hitting millions of businesses and residents Picture taken August 29, 2014. To match TURKEY-GENTRIFICATION/ REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 20, 2010
A tram is seen on Istiklal Caddesi (Istiklal Avenue) in Istanbul March 3, 2010. Turkey's largest city...
Istanbul, Turkey
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A tram is seen on Istiklal Caddesi (Istiklal Avenue) in Istanbul March 3, 2010. Turkey's largest city is a 2010 European Capital of Culture filled with the treasures of a glorious past from the Roman and Ottoman empires, while straddling the Bosphorous Strait where Europe meets Asia. Picture taken March 3, 2010. To match Reuters Life! TURKEY-ISTANBUL/.
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October 29, 2014
Mihail Vasiliadis, editor of the Greek daily Apoyevmatini, holds the signboard of his newspaper at his...
Istanbul, Turkey
Mihail Vasiliadis, editor of the Greek daily Apoyevmatini, holds the signboard of his newspaper at his...
Mihail Vasiliadis, editor of the Greek daily Apoyevmatini, holds the signboard of his newspaper at his old office in central Istanbul October 14, 2014. Apoyevmatini, Istanbul's last Greek-language daily newspaper, abandoned its offices in an Istiklal arcade above its historic printing press this month after 89 years. The newspaper will keep publishing but this month abandoned its offices in an Istiklal arcade above its historic printing press after 89 years because it could no longer afford the rent and feared it would soon be evicted under the 10-year rule, said editor Mihail Vasiliadis. Picture taken October 14, 2014. To match TURKEY-GENTRIFICATION/ REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POLITICS MEDIA)
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September 09, 2014
A supermoon rises over the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul September 9, 2014. The September full moon, also...
Istanbul, Turkey
A supermoon rises over the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul
A supermoon rises over the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul September 9, 2014. The September full moon, also known as the Harvest Moon, is the last of this summer's three supermoons, and the final one of the year. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)
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