Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer Within the scope of the "Calm Neighborhood" program of Izmir, which is entitled to be the first Cittaslow Metropolis in the world. KarşıyakaHe visited Demirköprü Neighborhood of . Stating that the program continues in Pazaryeri Mahallesi and Demirköprü in the Agora Ruins, Mayor Soyer said, “We want people living in these neighborhoods to be proud of where they are. We have the excitement and enthusiasm to create the most beautiful public spaces that everyone can point to in Izmir.”
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyercontinues to visit the regions where the works are underway within the scope of the “Calm Neighborhood” program of İzmir, which is entitled to be the first Cittaslow Metropolis of the world. The President, who started the project with Pazaryeri Neighborhood in Agora Ruins in April Tunç Soyer, determined as Izmir's second “Calm Neighborhood” KarşıyakaHe visited Demirköprü Neighborhood. Minister Tunç Soyeron a visit to Karşıyaka Mayor Cemil Tugay, Demirköprü Neighborhood Headman İbrahim Akçe, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality bureaucrats and project workers were accompanied.
Emphasized the wishes of the residents of the neighborhood
Mayor Soyer got information about the works while walking around the green areas, parks and streets in the neighborhood. President Soyer, who also listened to the demands of the citizens, conveyed his notes to his teams for the services that will make daily life easier. He also conveyed to the Cittaslow Metropol working groups his sensitivity to comply with the wishes of the residents of the neighborhood. Soyer, Karşıyaka She also visited Demirköprü Producer Women's Cooperative.
Regulation on transport axles
Speaking after the neighborhood tour, Mayor Soyer stated that Demirköprü is suitable for the concept of “Calm Neighborhood” and said, “We decided to conduct a pilot application on two neighborhoods on the way to become a Cittaslow Metropolis. Both are neighborhoods with different dynamics. Our Pazaryeri Neighborhood is a neighborhood where people with lower incomes live and have received immigration. Demirköprü Neighborhood, on the other hand, is a place where our citizens with middle and above-average income levels live. One in Konak and the other Karşıyaka'in. In this neighborhood, it is possible to provide a much higher quality of life with very small touches. For example, there is the issue of transportation axles. Some points can be closed to traffic and turned into fully pedestrianized areas. "Some points can be reserved for one-way vehicle entrances," he said.
We want to carry out studies that will highlight the neighborhood belonging.
Mentioning the parks as the second application area, Mayor Soyer continued his words as follows: “The neighborhood has very beautiful parks. At the same time, there is a very nice application made by our President Cemil. It makes new applications by listening to the citizens and based on their demands. There is a mechanism that hears, listens to the citizens and makes decisions together. This is a mechanism that will make our work easier on the way to becoming a Cittaslow Metropol. After that, we will present examples of good practices regarding green spaces in the neighborhood. We have the excitement and enthusiasm to create the most beautiful public spaces that everyone can point to in Izmir. We want to carry out studies that will highlight the neighborhood belonging. We want people living in this neighborhood to be proud of living in this neighborhood. We have many ideas. We will gradually implement it.”
“I believe it will set an example for the world”
Karşıyaka Mayor Cemil Tugay said, “I would like to thank my Tunç President for choosing Demirköprü District in the Cittaslow Metropol quiet neighborhood study. This neighborhood is really a neighborhood suitable for accepting the Cittaslow spirit easily. Here, we see that there will be a work where there is more social life focused on people and climate, and citizens are integrated around the identity of the neighborhood. We will do our best to contribute to this. Later on, I believe that this will spread to all neighborhoods of İzmir and will set an example for the world.”
What is Cittaslow Metropolis?
İzmir was declared the world's first Cittaslow Metropol pilot city at the Cittaslow 2021 General Assembly. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is working on the Cittaslow Metropol project with civil society representatives, academics, experts and opinion leaders to create a metropolitan management model that will start in Izmir and can be applied all over the world. Within the scope of the project, urban and good life perspectives in the world were analyzed and brought together with the philosophy of "slow life". The Cittaslow Metropol city model aims at people-oriented, sustainable, high quality of life that protects the values of the city. The Cittaslow Metropolis model has 6 main themes: “Society”, “Urban resilience”, “Food for All”, “Good Governance”, “Mobility” and “Cittaslow Neighborhoods”. Various criteria were determined under these themes. Within the scope of these criteria, projects will be developed and implemented for one year in İzmir.