As many more people work and play at home, in response to a global pandemic, we are now far more cognisant of how neighbourhoods are structured. And once again we ask ourselves, “Are our neighbourhoods good enough?”
Even the smallest neighbourhood may need a large-scale solution, in the form of a total redesign to support sustainable living and reject heavy emphasis on automobile transport. This solution is known as the “15-minute city.”
The 15-minute city is an urban planning model designed to enhance quality of life and unite communities.
Reports suggest that the more we rely on autos, the more our health worsens. Most communities are designed to support private car trips, and most residents do tend to favour automobile travel.
Automotive transport can be conducive to pollution and ill health. As an alternative, many city planners now recommend the 15-minute city model as a viable alternative.
The idea requires that all amenities needed for everyday life — such as grocery stores, medical offices, parks, and schools — are situated within a 15-minute radius that one can walk, cycle, or reach by bus—thus making for healthier cities and people.
Paris mayor Anne Hildago is one of the biggest fans of the 15-minute city, and plans to restructure the city of Paris in this way. And, indeed, political support is needed to create more 15-minute cities.
This plan, for one thing, will call for a total rebuilding of roads to facilitate cycling and public transit.
More transit will be needed, thus more transit infrastructure will have to be designed.
These days, the place we live is also the place we work, attend school, etc. So our neighbourhoods have to be safe and healthy.
Low-traffic neighbourhoods are part of the solution, and have proven effective in London. Here’s hoping that more 15-minute cities emerge across the world—including here in Australia.
Source: The Next Web