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In this issue

The city faces unpredictable and sometimes chaotic change but it is reinventing itself on a grand scale

Gateway for a new millennium

The city faces unpredictable and sometimes chaotic change but it is reinventing itself on a grand scale, writes Daniel Dombey

Regional role: Ambition puts city on front foot

Istanbul looks to a future as a global financial centre, says Shawn Donnan

Interview: Mehmet Simsek

Daniel Dombey speaks to a man on an economic mission

Earthquakes: Preparation provides the key

Governments are aiming to save lives and protect the city, writes Shawn Donnan

the Renault Kangoo

Auto: Businessman’s conversion may prove priceless

Electric vehicles may become de rigueur, says Daniel Dombey

the Marmaray rail tunnel is due to be completed in 2013

Transport: Infrastructure funding offers speedier route to recovery

The rapid push to connect the sprawling city has cost billions and divided public opinion, writes Shawn Donnan

Pipeline politics: Maritime motorway fuels environmental concerns

Halting the flow of 100m tonnes of crude oil is a priority, says John Roberts

Tourism: The people keep on coming

The capital’s popularity is growing so fast it may soon struggle to keep up with demand for hotels, writes Shawn Donnan

Greek food

Food: Innovative cuisine in a modern age

A blend of local and migrant cultures has resulted in a rich culinary diversity, says Gwen Robinson

Viewpoint: Competing interests in push for new metropolis

How does one pack the infrastructure of a modern city into the narrow confines of a historic one? Andrew Finkel inquires