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The 15-minute city concept centers around the creation of a "complete neighborhood" providing the needs of residents, from basic needs to work and recreation within a short walk or bike ride around 15-20 minutes from their homes. Although the concept has been around for the last two decades, it has gained heightened interest recently in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 15-minute city with its promotion of walking and cycling can also help tackle climate change.
Currently, a number of cities are embracing the concept by making it part of their pandemic recovery plans. Paris is at the forefront of this trend; it has created “co-working hubs” and expanded the use of already existing spaces such as turning nightclubs to gyms in daytime and schools into playgrounds and parks on weekends. Paris mayor is planning for every street to have a cycling lane by 2024 and to replace 60,000 on-street parking spots with green space and playgrounds.