Sixty Years of Development Has Dramatically Changed Kyrenia in North Cyprus

Sixty Years of Development Has Dramatically Changed Kyrenia in North CyprusThose who have known North Cyprus for half a century of more do not need to look at this image in order to see how Sixty Years of Development Has Dramatically Changed Kyrenia. Walking through the town now feels like any European town which has been allowed to build without many restrictions. High rise buildings have been followed by even higher blocks of flats and hotels so that those who once enjoyed beautiful views are now forced to stare at their neighbours’ flats.

Sixty Years of Development Has Dramatically Changed Kyrenia in North Cyprus

As always, the government says one thing but allows developers to do whatever they like. Long-time North Cyprus resident Rita Abdurrahman spoke for many expats when she commented:

“I remember coming down the road to Kyrenia in 1980. There was a small cluster of homes around a harbour, not one high-rise and six cars constituted a traffic jam. What has happened to ‘cannot go above four floors’ laws? Brown envelopes spring to mind.”

Greed rules, so don’t expect this situation to ever change.

 

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1 comment to Sixty Years of Development Has Dramatically Changed Kyrenia in North Cyprus

  • Polly Marples

    In a country that is built on nepotism, cronyism and corruption, this is what you get. The only growth industry in TRNC is the little brown envelope industry. Nothing changes, people are ripped off and aided by the legal system, they get away with it.