A piece by Claire Berlinski, an American journalist living in Turkey, was recommended by a Cornucopia contributor as ‘perhaps the most fluent account for non-Turks of what has happened’.
‘Over the past decade,’ writes Berlinski in City Journal (June 3), ‘Istanbul has seen a massive construction boom. Lovely old buildings have been razed by the hundreds and replaced by shopping malls. Until this week, I would have said that while this transformation was not to my taste, it was very much to the liking of the people who live here: after all, they were certainly doing a lot of shopping. Apparently, I was wrong...’