📩 10/01/2022 15:42
IMM President Ekrem İmamoğluexamined the works at the İBB Heritage construction sites in Fatih and Beyoğlu on site. Saying, “We are about to prepare extraordinary beauties for Istanbulites,” İmamoğlu said, “The Golden Horn is now turning into such an art basin. We are about to prepare extraordinary beauties for Istanbulites. At the end of the day, the purpose of these restorations is; to show and feel these historical areas, the true value of Istanbul, even to the whole world. I hope we can bring these beauties to Istanbul quickly; We will continue to welcome our guests in our beautiful Istanbul with pleasure”. İmamoğlu met with the taxi driver he met during the trip. sohbet“We travel the world. We have the taxi that receives the most complaints in the world and does not suit the city. Not if your owner gives you that car. The plate is 3,5 million liras. A taxi is a taxi you can't get into. We will fix it,” he said.
Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) President Ekrem İmamoğlu, examined some of the restoration works carried out by the IMM Heritage teams in the historical areas in Fatih and Beyoğlu districts. Imamoglu respectively; He visited Seyyid-i Velayet Tomb and Asude Hatun Tomb in Fatih Cibali, Genoese House in Balat and Metro Han in Beyoğlu Şahkulu District. Imamoglu, who received information about the works from IMM Deputy Secretary General Mahir Polat, Head of Cultural Heritage Department Oktay Özel and IETT General Manager Alper Bilgili, made his assessment of the works on the historical peninsula and the shores of the Golden Horn, on the restored roof of the Genoese House.
“THIS FEAST WILL GET BIGGER”
"We visited the neglected and historically valuable tomb restorations in Fatih, which is even more valuable in terms of spirituality," said İmamoğlu.
“Every area, every street of Fatih is a different historical value. It is necessary to live and be able to live these values; It should be shown as much as possible. Istanbul's Fatih, that is, the historical peninsula, comes to life in my eyes like this: A world where millions of local and foreign tourists stroll on its streets at the same time, where cars are almost nonexistent. Because this place is perhaps the oldest in the world, as well as the most powerful, and has an enormous texture that has been the capital of 3 empires. Golden Horn in it, Marmara on one side. An extraordinary geography. Here, speeding up these restorations, seeing these examples… The more I see, the more I think that heat will grow. Not only us, but also the district municipality and other institutions, some private initiatives will expand this business.”
“WE AIM TO SHOW THE REAL VALUE OF ISTANBUL TO THE WORLD”
Sharing the information that some restorations are going on from Cibali to Balat and on other axes, İmamoğlu said, “We want this place to develop as a cultural and artistic space. The Golden Horn is now turning into such an art basin. We see this approach here. We are looking at the Golden Horn Shipyard just opposite, where we are about to prepare extraordinary beauties for Istanbulites. At the end of the day, the purpose of these restorations is; to show and feel these historical areas, the true value of Istanbul, even to the whole world. I hope we can bring these beauties to Istanbul quickly; We will continue to welcome our guests in our beautiful Istanbul with pleasure”.
STOPPED TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET
During his visit to the tomb in Cibali, İmamoğlu also stopped by the street market in the region. Expressing his wishes for good work to the market tradesmen, İmamoğlu also listened to the reproaches from the citizens who shopped about the economic crisis. Tasting the quince offered by the shopkeepers, İmamoğlu did not break the invitation of Hülya-Ahmet Açer couple, who run a cafe in the neighborhood. Taking a coffee break here, İmamoğlu completed the distance from Cibali to Balat on foot. During the walk, some citizens had their photos taken with İmamoğlu, while some citizens had the opportunity to convey their problems to the IMM President.
BY TAXI SHOP SOHBET
He also met a taxi driver on the way. sohbet Imamoglu said:
“Your license plate owner, a gentleman like you, found a tradesman. He invited you, and you are doing this job. There is also that; The owner of the plate is unknown, I don't know what it is. We check one; up to a point. We audit; up to a point. This job needs to be settled on a regular basis. Everyone can see how far I've stood in giving you your due. While people find it difficult to raise 3-5 cents, we insistently say; 'Friend, this man's wheel does not turn.' This is one aspect of the job, but the main aspect is this: In front of some shopping malls, the one who pays 100 dollars takes a taxi. Is there such a disgrace? Impossible. Here you are waiting for a job. In this respect, we are struggling to bring order and order to this work. Let's say; 'I will now sell taxi license plates on behalf of IMM.' Let's imagine that there is a rant in that business. I say, 'IBB will operate it.' What will I do? I will find decent tradesmen like you and give them a job there. There is nothing else.”
“WE HAVE THE TAXI WORLD'S MOST COMPLAINTS AND IT DOESN'T BE SUITABLE FOR THE CITY”
The taxi driver's response to İmamoğlu, “Our issue is this as the driver: Do I work in this car? I'll work in this car and get my salary. I'll give you how much money I earn. Let me get money in my pocket too”. Saying, "That's my wish, too," İmamoğlu said, "We are traveling the world. We have the taxi that receives the most complaints in the world and does not suit the city. Not if your owner gives you that car. The license plate is 3,5 million liras, a taxi, a taxi not to be taken. We will fix it,” he said. The taxi driver also supported İmamoğlu with the words “You are telling the truth”.