Seferihisar joins slow city network

December 01, 2009, Tuesday/ 15:29:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES
İzmir’s Seferihisar district has been accepted into the Cittaslow movement and became the first Cittaslow (slow city) in Turkey after the Cittaslow International Coordination Committee meeting held in Italy on Saturday.

Cittaslow is a movement promoting a slow and simple life by redesigning a city or a district to reject the fast-paced, homogenized world so often seen in other cities throughout the world, while at the same protecting quality of life.

The development cheered Seferihisar residents, who now expect more economic and socio-cultural improvements in the district. The residents believe that the number of tourists to visit Seferihisar will increase while the district will be able to protect its unique cultural aspects.

While expressing his pride, Seferihisar Mayor Tunç Soyer told the Anatolia news agency that Seferihisar will open the path of slow city networks to other places in Turkey. “The slow city concept is very appropriate for Turkey. There are dozens of places that meet the conditions of this concept, and our district has paved the way for them. I learned that there are about 60 cities which would like to join the movement. We were given the title of Cittaslow after a study that took six months, while the city of Sonoma in California worked vfor two years to earn the title.”

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