"It shatters their image of Istanbul. They have this nostalgic kind of image of Istanbul, with its mosques and all this tourist stuff," Mr. Azem said. "For Turkish people, it's kind of saying things that they already know because they live in this city and they know its problems."
"One time I come here, there's a park. And then the next time, six months later, the park has become a building," Mr. Azem said. "I really just started questioning where this is heading."