Changing legal status of land property and limits to urban transformation: the case of Okmeydanı, İstanbul

Arslan, Zeynep
In many urban areas lack of tittle deeds have posed an important problem for the residents and local authorities responsible from these areas. Okmeydanı neighborhood in Beyoğlu, İstanbul has been such an area where most residents have not got a tittle deed. Since 1960s this problem have been tried to be solved by both central government and local authorities through cabinet decision, public mandate, law and amendments but never able to be solved. For the first time, the property problem in Okmeydanı is about to be solved through the legislations made recently. The research question of this study is why property problem, in terms of tittle deeds, of Okmeydanı is about to be solved now and what is the difference between processes then and now? The hypothesis of this study is the critical role playead by legislative regulations during hand overs on properties and the solution of title deed problem. Increasing importance of urban land, opening land to capital investment via commodification and legal ground of urban transformation for re-construction of land became element of oppression to solve property based title deed problem in Okmeydanı. This study carried out a field research in Okmeydanı on subjects mentioned.


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Citation Formats
Z. Arslan, “Changing legal status of land property and limits to urban transformation: the case of Okmeydanı, İstanbul,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.