May 06, 2011

Pop Goes Istanbul

Istanbul famously straddles two continents, but pity the working stiff who commutes to Europe in the morning and home to Asia at night. The journey along the feeder roads funneling into the city's Bosphorus Bridge is a bumper-to-bumper ordeal.

Once onto the bridge itself, the view is suddenly extraordinary. To the south, across the water, is the skyline forged by the rulers of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. To the north are the summer palaces and the stately waterfront homes of Turkey's elite. But beneath the picturesque vistas lies a city growing dangerously out of control.

Read more on Foreign Policy: Pop Goes Istanbul


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