Cities and Urbanization

How this Turkish city went from dumping ground to destination

Eskisehir has undergone a remarkable transformation. Image: REUTERS/Tan Shung

Madeleine Galvin

Research Assistant, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities

Anne Maassen

Urban Innovation & Finance Associate, WRI Ross Center For Sustainable Cities


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After a devastating earthquake, Eskişehir’s government and civil society embarked on a 25-year effort to rebuild and revitalize the city. Image: Kyle LaFerriere
Mayor Yilmaz Büyükerşen reimagined the city of Eskişehir after decades of decline. Image: Kyle LaFerriere

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Eskişehir is Turkey’s 11th largest city and, after a 25-year revitalization effort, a model for sustainability and inclusivity. Image: Kyle LaFerriere
In Eskişehir, Turkey, innovations like car-free pedestrian streets have resulted in economic, social and environmental gains — as well as overwhelming civic pride. Image: Kyle LaFerriere
Emel Kapanoğlu, an advocate for people with special mobility needs, finds Eskişehir easier to navigate via wheelchair after upgrades to streets, bridges and public transport. Image: Kyle LaFerriere
Over two decades, restoration efforts transformed the Porsuk River from a toxic dumpsite back into a treasured destination for recreation. Image: Kyle LaFerriere
Fatma Korkmaz is a driver for Eskişehir’s electric tram. The tram has not only modernized the city’s transport, but changed its social fabric. Image: Kyle LaFerriere
Mustafa Kürşat Elitok, a student in Eskişehir, walks with a classmate along the city’s improved streets. Image: Kyle LaFerriere

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