‘This is political expediency’: how the Tories turned on 15-minute cities

Party appears to have embraced conspiracy theory that the greener, healthier, more sustainable way of life is a ‘sinister’ attack on freedomImagine a city in which you could walk or cycle to almost anywhere you needed to go in the time it takes to drin…

Party appears to have embraced conspiracy theory that the greener, healthier, more sustainable way of life is a ‘sinister’ attack on freedom

Imagine a city in which you could walk or cycle to almost anywhere you needed to go in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. Shops, medical facilities and artistic sites would be spread throughout neighbourhoods. Remote and home working would be embraced.

Children could easily and safely cycle to school, breathing cleaner air. With less need for commuting, quieter streets could even be turned over to parks. Known as the “15-minute city” after the time it takes to get around, it’s a model that promises a return to local living – and a greener, healthier, more sustainable way of life.

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More trees are the answer to cool down our cities | Marco Amati and Lauren Rickards

Leaving trees in the ground and planting new ones could help future proof new development sites against extreme heatUrban life can be an insulated existence, consisting of circling between one temperature-controlled space after another. But cities are …

Leaving trees in the ground and planting new ones could help future proof new development sites against extreme heat

Urban life can be an insulated existence, consisting of circling between one temperature-controlled space after another. But cities are not invulnerable to climatic changes. Indeed, when it comes to heat, they can fare worse. They are also far from homogenous. Counter to the images of “domed cities” that Buckminster Fuller proposed for Manhattan in the 1960s and that Dubai is touted to be pursuing, cities do not have equally distributed temperatures. Even if they do, the risk those temperatures represent are far from equally perceived or experienced.

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