Pazars are an historic urban archetype in the region ‘set-up’ weekly from village to village and daily from neighborhood to neighborhood in major cities. They remain a primary source for local residents to get seasonal vegetables, fruit, dairy products, grains and simple household items. Istanbul’s pazars are still a vital part of the agricultural-grocer economy whose structures and use of public space has remained unchanged over the centuries. Although seemingly an informal network of places, structures and merchants, pazars are in fact formalized with yearly rental fees, established locations, and merchants who do business in five different locations a week. Intensifying the open-space infrastructure of Istanbul, they set-up in streets, open parking lots, watersheds, but also occasionally establish permanent structures. Residents of neighborhoods know the day and location of their local pazar, as well as the time-honored specialty pazars (fish, organic, clothing, imported goods, etc.) dispersed throughout the city, typically in permanent locations operating seven days a week.