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Exploring the 15-minute city concept for sustainable urban living

The 15-minute city concept promotes healthier living through reduced car dependence and increased local engagement.

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In short:

  • Carlos Moreno advocates for cities where daily necessities are reachable within 15 minutes on foot or by bike, enhancing quality of life and reducing car reliance.
  • Implementation of this concept in Paris has cut down traffic and pollution substantially, showcasing its effectiveness.
  • The model faces criticism regarding potential increases in social inequities, underscoring the need for inclusive planning.

Key quote:

"It’s an invitation to reinvent our lifestyles and urban practices to build a better future, where sustainability, equity, and well-being are at the heart of our concerns."

— Carlos Moreno, scientist and mathematician

Why this matters:

The 15-minute city concept can transform urban living, making healthier lifestyles more accessible and reducing environmental impact. Read more: The next global transformation of cities.

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