21 October 2013

New on PlacesBrands: Izmir: Branding a Frontier Mentality

Posted by Samantha Manniex on Oct 21, 2013

Izmir’s political allegiances were made clear during Turkey’s recent summer of protests. This city supports Atatürk, the founder of a secular Turkey. The huge rocky carving of his face on one of Izmir’s major highways proves it. There are no such depictions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the current leader, except in mocking graffiti on the street. Such rebellion hints strongly at a certain type of personality in Izmir, a mentality that makes the city stand out from its rivals.

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