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Kemeralti 1950

Kemeraltı is Changing

The years 1950’s indicate a turning point both for Turkey and The Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar. Till these years you were able to find anything you would like from clothing to pharmacies, stationery to theatres, basically everything in Kemeraltı. The Bazaar which had served both to the rich and the poor as a center of commerce, slowly started to return to mass shoe production place. Yusuf Rıza Primary School which was the only primary school in Izmir in those times became a truck traffic place for shoe produciton.

From Regression To Downfall

After the 2nd World War, Turkey was trying to gain a place in the market. The multi-party liberal period which started in 1950’s put Izmir like Turkey into a new configuration. With Izmir liven up alittle bit, internal migration which started as a minor problem became a major problem. This internal migratin also started squatting which ended with a ugly outer view for Izmir. Thus it took a step to become a metropolitan. With the population and demand growing, apartments substituted garden and low-storey storey houses on the seaside. Also the profile in Kemeraltı changed and uncontrolled growth nearly brough the area to collapse.

Kemeraltı which was a center of living commerce and tourism once, became a pedlar spot thus a place where Izmir folk didn’t prefer also because of safety reasons.

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