Do you remember we wrote about the first neighbourhood workshop organised by the Municipality of Istanbul to raise awareness of Cities-4-People locally and to gather input on urgent mobility challenges? Here’s the second one: Mimar Sinan.
The workshop was held on 22 May in Keşfet Üsküdar. As in the case of the previous workshop, several exercises and visual supports such as the online map of the neighbourhood were used to stimulate creativity in a brainstorming session. Participants highlighted the following problems and put forward initial solutions for some of them:
- There is lack of sport areas and playground for children. The green areas could be used more efficiently by adding sport tools and playgrounds.
- Sidewalks tend to be too high to step on for elderly and disabled people
- During the weekends, the high number of locals who reach the seaside to picnic creates congestion, as the capacity of the road and the amount of parking slots are not sufficient to meet the flows of crowd
- The fish market in the centre affects the neighbourhood due to the bad smell. Shop owners should be better informed about what to do with their trash and the municipality should make sure they follow abide to the hours set for trash collection
- Due to the size of the streets (very narrow) and the high population density, local citizens suffer from the lack of parking space
- The hills of Üsküdar are too steep for pedestrians and cyclists and this especially hinders disabled and elderly people
- There is lack of taxi stations.
Ideally, at the end of the Cities-4-People project some of these challenges will be overcome and citizens will see some of the solutions they put forward implemented. However, in order to find out which ideas will be further developed and tested, we have to wait for the summer to pass. In the meantime, keep reading the website to find out about other events and additional neighbourhood mobility workshops in Üsküdar!