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Winner for Nov. 22: Fate of the Turkish countryside

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Two of our three member-suggested ideas focused on the fascinating and picturesque country of Turkey. The winner came from Stephen R. Douglas, who requested a close look at the future of Turkish villages -- an interesting question at a time when traditional rural life around the region under transition. Here's how Mr. Douglas framed the idea:

"I would like a story about small Turkish villages. I visited Turkey this spring and was truly disappointed in the few opportunities we had as a package tour group to spend time in a small village, the soul of rural Turkey. An example would be Sanfranbolu, or Devrigi where a new otogar is under construction . How do village youth and old timers view the future of small villages? Why are so many high rises sprouting next to old village centers? Thanks."

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