The IHL area should have been Town Square! – Özgür Kocaeli Newspaper

City squares are important in terms of architecture, culture and history, especially the squares of metropolitan cities are at least as important as themselves.
Square is a place where the heart of the city beats …

Izmit is a poor city in terms of ‘square’ …
With a population of 500,000, Izmit City Center, which is getting bigger and healthier day by day, is in dire need of a square that will relax and breathe …

Let’s imagine Izmit like this …
In the city center; In addition to Cumhuriyet Park, Yeni Cuma Park, Fevziye Park, Acısu Park, Doğu Kışla Park, is there a “City Square” where the heart of the city beats? No …
Putting these 5 parks side by side in the city center would not make it the size of 6 football fields. Put these parks side by side, not the size of 6 football fields …
Are so many parks enough for Izmit, the central and largest district of Kokley? No …

However, Izmit is a city that is getting crowded and shallow day by day …

National Will Square, also known as Old Parsembe Market, is currently used as an open car park for Coquelispor …

The metropolitan municipality will now call the area ‘City Square’. The tender will be held on April 11.
Work on the area will take two years, maybe even more, and if completed, it will be Izmit’s first patent square …

In the contemporary world, shallow cities in urban planning and architecture are no longer allowed.
In cities where people can live more comfortably, breathe and choose new social accommodations …

At the invitation of the European Union, 25 selected journalists from across Turkey were taken to Denmark in 2012 as part of a cultural tour …
We have visited many cities in the country. We went to government institutions, were taken to factories. The most interesting thing I have seen in that country is that there are no shopping malls in the city centers, no market centers. Roads as wide as possible, sidewalks as wide as possible. The city has planned everything to make people comfortable …

Is our ijmit like this (!)?

The area where Kokeli State Hospital is located has become the most populous area of ​​the city. The hospital is at the end of Turan Gunes Street, and thousands of vehicles pass through this street every day.
About 10,000 people come to the hospital every day. Most of these people come to the hospital by car and park in the hospital parking lot or on the side of the road in the surrounding area. The area is very shallow and crowded …

The Kokeli State Hospital building and a portion of Cedit Neighborhood, north of Turan Gunes Street, have been declared an urban transformation area. About 400 buildings were destroyed. Tokyo will build a new residence in this area …

The Izmit Imam Hatip High School building was in the middle of a collapsed house in Sedit District and Inon Street …

The school building, built in 1950, was damaged by the August 17, 1999 earthquake.
The building is somehow repaired and education continues. However, the subsequent earthquakes in Istanbul and the small aftershocks that struck our city put the building at risk. The building was demolished two years ago.

The students studying in that building have gone to Gazi High School building.

After the demolition of the Izmit Imam Hatip High School building, a large area, a courtyard, was created where the building is located.

There has been a distinct relief in the region.

In order for this crowded area of ​​Izmit to be able to breathe, the dilapidated school building has to be used as a square and a new school building has to be constructed in another area, this view has gained weight.

A large area will be created on the site of the demolished old Imam Hatip High School building, adjacent to Mima Sinan Anatolian High School and the Santral Health Center. This area will be compatible with the great view of the Toki Residences built at the top …

This will be a new square for breathing in Izmit …

However, that did not happen.

Although the city administrator and the graduates of this school have expressed their views for the construction of the new building of Ijmit Imam Hatip High School in the present place, today the senior officials of the ruling politics are present and the school building will be constructed in the same place …
Construction of the school has already started …

If these huge areas built between Toki House and Turan Gunes Street were to be considered as squares, it would be even better in terms of urban aesthetics and planning.

This area was a candidate for Izmit’s attraction in the years to come …
It didn’t happen …

The shallow, uninterrupted and compact condition of the city is more attractive to us (!)
As long as this argument is used, the future modern city of Izmit will remain a dream!
The huge area that would emerge after the demolition of the three buildings next to each other should have been considered the center of attraction of Izmit where the area could breathe.

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