View Full Version : Life Now it's Istanbul ... AND Constantinople?

04-18-2011, 03:24 PM
Istanbul could be split in two, says Turkish prime minister

Radical plan unveiled by Recep Tayyip Erdogan to cope with growing strains of city with 17 million residents
Justin Vela in Istanbul
guardian.co.uk, Monday 18 April 2011 16.28 BST

The European and Asian sides of Istanbul across the Bosphorus strait could be
divided to make the huge conurbation easier to govern under the prime minister's proposal. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Istanbul is renown as the place where east meets west, the only city in the world to straddle Europe and Asia. But it may soon lose this unique status if the Turkish government goes ahead with a plan to divide it in two.

The prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former Istanbul mayor, has announced what he described as a "wild project" to split the city into European and Asian sides to make it easier to govern.

"We will build two new cities in Istanbul due to high population," Erdogan said, announcing his party's manifesto for June elections.. "One on the European side and one on the Anatolian side."

more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/18/istanbul-split-turkish-prime-minister

04-18-2011, 03:56 PM
That sounds like a really terrible idea that would in no way make things easier for the residents....

Extra Point
04-18-2011, 04:49 PM
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04-18-2011, 04:58 PM

Marco Polo
04-18-2011, 05:00 PM
I'm backpacking through there for a few days next month. It's going to be confusing enough as it is.

04-18-2011, 05:02 PM
I like it better that way.

Just Passin' By
04-18-2011, 05:22 PM
Way to fuck up a song, Mr. Prime Minister

Psyko Tek
04-18-2011, 05:24 PM

same song tiny toons video

04-18-2011, 05:35 PM
wait--why did istanbul/constinople get the works? that's nobody's business but ergodan's.

04-18-2011, 05:36 PM
I prefer this classic:
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Psyko Tek
04-18-2011, 06:03 PM
wait--why did istanbul/constinople get the works? that's nobody's business but ergodan's.

T E Lawrence may have been involved

04-18-2011, 09:04 PM
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Pitt Gorilla
04-18-2011, 09:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNG0CEi2L3o&feature=fvstYeah, I heard a while back that TMBG ripped that song. I always thought it was their original.