|Image: Gezi Park, Istanbul via Google Maps|
Pope is asking political ecology questions of the struggle in Turkey - about access to and control of natural resources. He provides other examples of resource conflicts such as Wangaari Matthei's response to President Daniel Arap Moi's park privatization effort and citizen protests against the Yadana oil pipeline in Myanmar. Local examples include the "long battle" between NYC Mayor Giuliani and the community gardens network and more recently, the political and legal battle to prevent New York University facilities on public open space (see Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and NYU Faculty Against the Sexton Plan). The proposed Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens will likely not happen. But we may soon hear protests from the Bronx; that borough's president is trying to lure MLS. Another proposed open space taking is one by the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) to lease the park lands around its towers to private developers. (Editor's Note: This post was edited to include sites of natural resource contestation.)
A potential conflict in Greenwich Village is the proposed Washington Square Park Conservancy which was reportedly developed without public comment. Furthermore, the Village community has rejected a conservancy for the park in the past. Keep an eye on this resource management situation at Washington Square Park Blog. I mention Washington Square Park in part because there is a striking design similarity between Gezi Park and Washington Square Park.
|Image: Berkeley oak grove and police fence via UC Bill (source)|
Do you have any predictions for Gezi Park and the nascent environmental movement in Turkey?