During the second half of 1960s, we used to live in an apartment building at 81, Kennedy Street in Ankara. Since the majority of apartment owners were diplomats who were on foreign missions, my dad used to be unanimously elected the building manager every year. He would gladly carry out his duties, along with the building attendant Mr. Haci. The only trouble we ever got into with our neighbors’ sons Tugrul and Dogan, was because of our football matches on the back yard lawn. We would eventually get caught by “Pasha Auntie”, the elderly lady in the building.
Radical changes occurred over the past five decades. The naive and warm neighborly relationships became a thing of the past, with ruthless conflicts of interest taking over; changing the society, eco system, and residential areas… Within this context, another major issue we face nowadays is residential areas increasingly being invaded by offices. One of the initial steps in the correct implementation of “urban transformation” must be moving these offices from residential zones into purpose-built business centers, and thus, benefitting from cluster advantages.