In Istanbul, Optimism Masks a Familiar Melancholy

July 18, 2016 5:28 PM

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In Istanbul, Optimism Masks a Familiar Melancholy

By that he meant a city whose mood is more in sync with its unstable past of military coups, political violence and economic crisis. In recent years, the government built an image of Istanbul as an urban wonderland of fascinating history and great architecture and cuisine, and tourism boomed.

Mr. Genc said that like many other liberals and intellectuals he bought in to the vision. “A past was reinvented, and repackaged as this great, multicultural history where there are no conflicts,” he said.

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