Saturday, October 27, 2012


This is a small area with gecekondu houses. "Gece" (pronounced "gaye-jay") means "night." "Kondu" means "to put or place." Basically it is the name for houses that can be "put up over night," little shacks that did not get proper permission, but are allowed to stay. Our city is little by little demolishing them. In return, they give the gecekondu owner a little apartment in the new, modern building that goes up on that land. I realize the people are safer and warmer in the new place, but I will admit I will miss these little homes that dotted our entire city when we moved here 10 years ago.

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