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Fatih is described as being a working class district, but the truth is that it's poorer than that. It's also one of the most fascinating areas to visit in Istanbul if you are interested in different communities, historic wooden mansions, churches, synagogues, mosques, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture and most gratifyingly, daily life.

We've spent many days around Balat (Jewish Quarter), Fener (Greek district), Sulukule (Romani area) and Vefa, each having their own colours and personality.

We felt more than lucky to have a glance at these urban ghettos, as most of the areas are getting demolished or restored and will never be the same. This urban transformation process and gentrification is affecting the whole historic peninsula of Istanbul, in what is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Just like it happened all over the world, from Beijing to Toronto, and Johannesburg to Melbourne, government policies are successfully attracting investment and middle-class populations to their inner areas, reducing concentration of poverty, but with unequal effects, causing housing crisis for working-class and poor residents, destruction of communities, class segregation and permanent homelessness.

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