METU JOURNAL OF THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, vol.30, no.2, pp.137-162, 2013 (AHCI)
Participation of citizens in decisions related to their cities and neighborhoods has been discussed within the framework of participatory democracy since the 1960's. Public participation ensures legitimacy and accountability of the decision maker and improves the quality of decisions. On the other hand, debates continue on the impact of participants on the decision and indicators of successful participation. In this study, the participation process executed in order to support the decision process about the revitalization and renewal of an historic pattern is analysed. The area planned for improvement is located in the historical city centre of canakkale, Fevzipasa Quarter, where Romani population live. The project area (Zafer Square and its vicinity) consists of two little squares, a street that links these squares and a part of the Saricay riverside. Although the project area is parallel to the historical carsi Street, which is used intensively by the city residents and tourists, it is a twilight zone. Zafer Square and its vicinity, which contains monumental and civil architectural samples, reflect the multi-cultural and multi-faith history of the city. This area is like a transition region among settlements where Romani people live with its pedestrianized trade axis.