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Can the 15-minute city conquer America?

The rise of flexible working during the pandemic may have been anathema to some stiff collared bosses, but it has made life profoundly easier for millions of workers who have been liberated from the traditional nine to five.

It also seems that the pandemic may well have a lasting, positive impact on the way in which we plan and operate our cities. Specifically, the last two years has seen the proliferation of the 15-minute city concept, according to its originator and chief proponent, professor Carlos Moreno.

The idea also becomes more appealing as climate change awareness increases. It is already evident that extreme weather events have become noticeably more frequent – and better reported – in recent years. “We need to develop a more local economy, more local activities, to develop a more sustainable way of life,” says Moreno.

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