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#citychat : Transit Equity in Growing Cities & the Istanbul Case

On Tuesday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. GMT / 9:00 p.m. in Istanbul (EEST), @MITCoLab will host a live #citychat conversation on Twitter about social inequalities in urban transportation, automobile dependency, and the relationship between transit and human rights. We’ll look at the case of Istanbul, but we want to hear perspectives and issues from all cities.

#citychat : Transit Equity in Growing Cities & the Istanbul Case

Istanbul. Photo credit: Ekümenopolis

Transit experts from Istanbul will answer questions that cities globally are facing.

How would you answer these questions in your city?

• Is it possible to reduce social inequalities via transport systems? How?

• How do cities become automobile dependent? Should they fight against it?

• Is affordable, safe, and integrated transportation a human right? Why or why not?

• What are the implications of building highways along coasts or on coastal infill?

How can local advocacy groups work with city governments to implement projects that reduce oil dependence?

• How will transportation decisions in Istanbul today impact urban expansion patterns for the future?

Meet some of the people who will be tweeting at this #citychat:

Turkish film director İmre Azem @Ecumenopolis recently made the film Ekümenopolis, which documents how Istanbul’s transportation decisions impact the city’s future. It shows a side of İstanbul which inhabitants and visitors don’t often see. Watch a clip here:

Müge Yorgancı @mugini is a lecturer at Gelisim University and a board member at Chamber of City Planners in Istanbul.

Eda Beyazıt @edabeyazit is a DPhil Student of Transport Studies at Oxford University and researcher at Istanbul Technical University Urban and Regional Planning Department.

You are invited to come to this #citychat with questions, as well as stories from and opinions on your own city. Information from many cities will make for a more rich discussion.

#citychat : Transit Equity in Growing Cities & the Istanbul Case

Istanbul. Photo credit: Ekümenopolis

It’s easy to join the Twitter chat. Just follow #citychat on Twitter from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST and 9:00 pm to 10:00 p.m. Istanbul time (UTC/GMT+03.00) on Tuesday, April 9th.

UPDATE: The transcript for this chat is now available.

Post by Elif Yasemin Azaz, @azazelifyasemin.

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