STAKEHOLDERS & POLICY

Policy advocates consider the pazar practice as one of long-term trust building towards the security of affordable fresh goods to all neighborhoods in Istanbul. 

Unlike supermarket chains that exclude customers’ direct feedback to demand quality and fair pricing, the pazarcı creates personal and sometimes long-term relationships with their customers.

The day of the weekly pazar affects many traders and residents including shopkeepers, taxi-drivers, street vendors and people from other services. Throughout the day pazarcı also have utilized strategies such as ‘night discounts at the market close’ or ‘come early pay less,’ which vary the tempo of footfall in various commerce areas.

Istanbul’s pazar numbers have increased in the past decade highlighting their self-organizing nature, Istanbul’s citizen’s preference for open-air fresh good markets and the ability of pazarcı to adapt to the changing socio-economic contexts. In 2015 there is an average of 66 pazar per day in Istanbul; Sunday being the most active with 76 pazar and Monday being the least active with 54 pazar.

The demand of the pazarcı and customers is explicit and enduring. The pazarcı shared their view how the big city center pazarcould be removed and relocated to the covered structures. However, none should be privatized and moved to the remote locations at the far peripheries of the city. Yet, the neighborhood pazar should be rehabilitated with the required services on their existing locations.