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15-minute cities

Urban life always requires mobility, accessibility and convenience. Recently, more and more attention has been paid to the creation of 15-minute cities — a concept that offers residents everything they need within a 15-minute walk from their homes. This is an innovative approach to urban planning that brings many benefits to living in the city.
The main idea of 15-minute cities is to reduce the need for long trips and provide convenient access to various services and pleasures right in your area. Within the framework of such a concept, residents can have access to shops, restaurants, green areas, educational institutions, healthcare, cultural events and other necessary services within a convenient walking or cycling distance.

One of the key advantages of 15-minute cities is the reduction of transport problems and environmental pollution. Reducing the need for car trips helps to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful substances. In addition, improved pedestrian infrastructure and accessibility of bike paths contribute to an active lifestyle and improve the physical health of residents.

15-minute cities also promote social integration and promote community formation. Thanks to convenient access to various services and activities, residents can easily interact with each other, participate in public life and develop ties with neighbors. This contributes to the creation of stronger and more solidary communities, increases the level of well-being and quality of life of residents.

Global megacities such as Paris, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Singapore have already begun to implement the concept of 15-minute cities and are showing positive results. They create areas with diverse infrastructure and rich socio-cultural environment, providing residents with a comfortable and convenient environment for living and working.

One of the pioneer cities in creating 15-minute cities is Paris. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced a plan to turn the French capital into a "city in 15 minutes." The goal is to provide residents with access to all necessary services and pleasures within walking or cycling distance from their homes. Shops, schools, parks, sports facilities and cultural events are getting closer and more accessible.

Equally impressive achievements in creating 15-minute cities can be found in Copenhagen. This city is famous for its attention to vitality and quality of life. Thanks to the introduction of the concept of 15-minute cities, Copenhagen has created many areas where residents can do without cars, gaining access to all services and entertainment nearby. This leads to a reduction in CO2 emissions and the creation of greener and healthier areas.

Melbourne, an Australian city, is an experimental site for 15-minute blocks. Concepts are being actively implemented here, allowing residents to access all services and pleasures within a 15-minute accessibility. The development of pedestrian infrastructure, public transport and proposals for an active lifestyle is becoming a priority in the creation of such neighborhoods.

Another example is Hamburg, which is developing smart urban clusters based on a 15-minute concept. Here, various services and offers are combined into compact clusters, which facilitates accessibility and convenience for residents. This helps to reduce the need for cars and reduce traffic jams, making the city more efficient and sustainable.

However, for the successful implementation of the concept of 15-minute cities, it is necessary to take into account various factors, such as competent planning of land use, the development of sustainable transport, support for entrepreneurship and local enterprises, as well as the participation of residents in the decision-making process.

15-minute cities represent a promising direction in urban planning that improves the quality of life, reduces dependence on cars and contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly urban environment. They demonstrate that proximity to various services and opportunities can significantly improve the lives of citizens. Therefore, the concept of 15-minute cities continues to gain popularity and attracts more and more cities to implement this innovative idea.

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