Local Community Perception towards Slow City: Gokceada Sample

  •  Melike Erdogan    


Slow city movement has been firstly emerged in Italy with the purpose of eliminating the homogenous structure that the globalization has created in the cities. Slow city has been turned into an international network due to a philosophy providing sustainability of the city by improving the quality of individuals’ life. Turkey is also among the states which are the members of International Cittaslow Union. 11 districts have participated slow city movement starting with Seferihisar in Turkey. One of these districts is Gokceada constituting the case study. Gokceada has assumed the title of slow city by carrying out the criteria required for slow city in 2011. The aim of this study is to determine how the people’s perceptions and what their expectations towards citta slow phenomenon are. It is aimed to clarify the advantages and disadvantages of being a citta slow according to the public. The study has been conducted in the center of Gokceada through interview method. As a result of the research, it has been reached a conclusion that the people have knowledge about the Cittaslow concept. In addition, they have also assessed Gokceada being a citta slow as a positive development in terms of advantages provided. 

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