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From small villages to quarters: "hit the bottom" of Kayseri metropolitan region


According to the Metropolitan Law No. 6360 accepted in 2012, the definition and boundary of metropolitan regions in Turkey had changed. Besides sixteen metropolitan regions such as Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Bursa, Diyarbakır, Eskişehir, Erzurum, Gaziantep, İstanbul İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Konya, Mersin, Sakarya and Samsun, thirteen big cities - Aydın, Balıkesir, Denizli, Hatay, Malatya, Manisa, Kahramanmaraş, Mardin, Muğla, Tekirdağ, Trabzon, Şanlıurfa, Van and Ordu - located at different regions, gained metropolitan municipality status. The striking change was on the population limits of urban and rural areas which transformed all the villages within the metropolitan region to the quarters. In this context, the criterion of urbanity was designed as the 2000 inhabitants agglomerated in any area of the land. Correspondingly, just like in many others, the size of the metropolitan area of Kayseri was increased from 356 to 2150 square kilometres as well as the number of small towns and villages. However, a major problem with this kind of application is defining the locality as urbanity. Such in a metropolitan region, as if small villages and towns were disappearing. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of national urban policies on small villages, and examine the urbanity level of Cırgalan and Tavlusun, as a case study of in-between spaces in Kayseri metropolitan region. Data collected from historical maps and interviews and current built form, economic and social development of the villages was analyzed. Interviews were conducted in-person, over a one- to four-day visit to the community. One of the findings was that the change of the status of small agglomerations created the challenges and opportunities together. Despite the proclamation of urban status, most of the communities living in these small towns demonstrate a willingness to embrace change. It is interesting to note that the built forms of these areas were neither urban nor rural. The results of this paper indicate that in-between spaces are hidden rural areas which demonstrate the importance of establishing and maintaining a broadly vision, in metropolitan region. Contrary to the urban policies, villages of past, but quarters of today's metropolitan region, still function as rural areas. Further work needs to be done to establish the role of local leaders of in-between spaces in strategic decision-making.
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halshs-00960077 , version 1 (17-03-2014)


  • HAL Id : halshs-00960077 , version 1


Methiye Gül Çöteli. From small villages to quarters: "hit the bottom" of Kayseri metropolitan region. 2014, pp. 509-519. ⟨halshs-00960077⟩
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