As with so many other things at that time, it seemed perfectly reasonable to assume that tradition would continue on for many more generations to come. But this summer, with the dust from the Gezi Park turmoil not yet settled down, I received an urgent message alerting local press that bulldozers had moved in to raze some of these gardens near the Yedikule fortress.
Shaken but undeterred, I wrote a piece for The Atlantic's CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities) about the threat to the bostan and how it ties in with larger issues of urban planning, public space, and public participation that are currently the subject of hot debate in Istanbul. My story was subsequently picked up by the regional news sites Eurasianet and Green Prophet, and my photos of the bostan used by the ecological agriculture website A Growing Culture.
Read my article, "Centuries-Old Gardens Are the Latest Battleground in Istanbul," on CityLab.