Ensure access to essential services within all neighborhoods.
The fifteen-minute city shifts urban life away from the unit of the car and puts people at its heart. Such cities already exist. In Paris, Portland, Melbourne, and Madrid, fresh food, health care, schools, offices, shops, parks, gyms, banks, and entertainment are all within a short distance of one’s home. While the exact blueprint for such transformation lies in the specific culture and history of each city, what is clear is that improving access to essential services benefits everyone, but especially the young, the disabled, and the elderly. Designing at a hyperlocal scale does not box us into our neighborhoods. Rather, it allows us to improve livability, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and build meaningful communities. The fifteen-minute (or even twenty- or thirty-minute) city allows us to experience the entire city not out of necessity but out of the joy of urban living.