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Settling into town


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Yesterday, I was strolling through Akmerkez, Istanbul's premier shopping mall*. Minding my own business, listening to my iPod, I unexpectedly ran into my friend Bahar. Sort of made me feel like I am settling in a little bit. Now, this is not the first time this type of thing has happened. In November, I was walking down Istiklal Avenue, central Istanbul's main thoroughfare, when I was recognized by a friend of a friend.

What's weird is that greater Istanbul has about 14 million residents - by far the largest city in Europe. I think that perhaps various parts of Istanbul are frequented by different circles of people, so that a series of "villages" has formed within the metropolis, as in New York City.

In any case, it feels good to be able to run into people on the street.


*Real estate geeks will note that Akmerkez won the 1995 ICSC International Design and Development Award. They actually did a pretty good job on the structure and layout.


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  • Living the dream in Istanbul, Turkey
  • I grew up in the hardscrabble streets of suburban Ottawa, Ontario, committing petty crime, insulting the elderly - basically the classic misspent youth. When I was 19, I moved to West Philly, where I put myself through the Wharton School by dealing crack and hustling. After stints in Paris and London, I eventually graduated and moved to San Francisco, where I put in eight years hard labor working for The Man. But now I pop bottles with models, deciding cracked crab or lobster - who says mobsters don't prosper?
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