Lorena Rios

Lorena Rios is a freelance journalist formerly based in Istanbul. She now resides in New York.

Young people sit on the stairs next to the Roma bostan to take in the view.

Making Room for Nature in Erdogan's Istanbul

Its former mayor—now Turkey’s authoritarian president—said the Gezi Park protests of 2013 were merely “for the sake of a few trees.” Today, activists are struggling to preserve green space against a sea of government-supported construction.