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What is a 15 Minute City

The concept is simple - a slice or zone of your city where you live, work, play, go to school, go to church, shop, use services (hair dresser, doctor, etc) all within an easy 15 minute walking or biking distance. Want to visit your mother who lives across town? You may be allowed to cross over into another slice of your city a certain number of times a year, then you pay a fine.

It is currently being rolled out in Oxford, UK and other cities around the world.

Chattanooga is laying the groundwork work moving us into the 15 minute City slices:

  • Cameras with face recognition and license plate readers are being installed on most intersections

  • Rezoning properties to high density mixed use

  • Two Requests for Proposal  issued in 2022 for redefining Chattanooga

  • Contract for $1.3M to be awarded to PlanningNext

Here is a selection 15 Minute City videos

This is happening in Oxford, UK; Must watch! She explains the plans and how they got there. (17:26)

Marketing ad on how wonderful your life will be (1:25)

Oxford 12 year old speaks out against 15 min city |video (2:20)

Good explanation, well documented (19:05)

Chicken Coop living - 15 Min City in action (2:20 )

Saudi Arabia's utopian The Line project (2:08)

The people of Biggleswick (UK) had had enough and took back control and got rid of the dystopian future planned for them| video (11:47)

15 Minute City exposed in Toronto. Ad for mayoral candidate | video (1:45)

European Parliament member Christine Anderson discusses 15-minute cities and digital tyranny. | video (55 sec) The whole interview for The Epoch Times subscribers

The late Rosa Koire on United Nations Agenda 21

Video is 10 years old - it is happening!

The following article was published in Forbes on Nov 10, 2016 by a WEF contributor, Ida Auken, a Young Global Leader and Member of the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum, written ahead of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils.


Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city - or should I say, "our city." I don't own anything. I don't own a car. I don't own a house. I don't own any appliances or any clothes. It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service. We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much. First communication became digitized and free to everyone. Then, when clean energy became free, things started to move quickly. Transportation dropped dramatically in price. It made no sense for us to own cars anymore, because we could call a driverless vehicle or a flying car for longer journeys within minutes. We started transporting ourselves in a much more organized and coordinated way when public transport became easier, quicker and more convenient than the car. Now I can hardly believe that we accepted congestion and traffic jams, not to mention the air pollution from combustion engines. What were we thinking? Sometimes I use my bike when I go to see some of my friends. I enjoy the exercise and the ride. It kind of gets the soul to come along on the journey. Funny how some things seem never seem to lose their excitement: walking, biking, cooking, drawing and growing plants. It makes perfect sense and reminds us of how our culture emerged out of a close relationship with nature. In our city we don't pay any rent, because someone else is using our free space whenever we do not need it. My living room is used for business meetings when I am not there. Once in a while, I will choose to cook for myself. It is easy - the necessary kitchen equipment is delivered at my door within minutes. Since transport became free, we stopped having all those things stuffed into our home. Why keep a pasta-maker and a crepe cooker crammed into our cupboards? We can just order them when we need them. This also made the breakthrough of the circular economy easier. When products are turned into services, no one has an interest in things with a short life span. Everything is designed for durability, repairability and recyclability. The materials are flowing more quickly in our economy and can be transformed to new products pretty easily. Environmental problems seem far away, since we only use clean energy and clean production methods. The air is clean, the water is clean and nobody would dare to touch the protected areas of nature because they constitute such value to our well-being. In the cities we have plenty of green space and plants and trees all over. I still do not understand why in the past we filled all free spots in the city with concrete. Shopping? I can't really remember what that is. For most of us, it has been turned into choosing things to use. Sometimes I find this fun, and sometimes I just want the algorithm to do it for me. It knows my taste better than I do by now. When AI and robots took over so much of our work, we suddenly had time to eat well, sleep well and spend time with other people. The concept of rush hour makes no sense anymore, since the work that we do can be done at any time. I don't really know if I would call it work anymore. It is more like thinking-time, creation-time and development-time. For a while, everything was turned into entertainment and people did not want to bother themselves with difficult issues. It was only at the last minute that we found out how to use all these new technologies for better purposes than just killing time. My biggest concern is all the people who do not live in our city. Those we lost on the way. Those who decided that it became too much, all this technology. Those who felt obsolete and useless when robots and AI took over big parts of our jobs. Those who got upset with the political system and turned against it. They live different kind of lives outside of the city. Some have formed little self-supplying communities. Others just stayed in the empty and abandoned houses in small 19th century villages. Once in a while I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. Nowhere I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me. All in all, it is a good life. Much better than the path we were on, where it became so clear that we could not continue with the same model of growth. We had all these terrible things happening: lifestyle diseases, climate change, the refugee crisis, environmental degradation, completely congested cities, water pollution, air pollution, social unrest and unemployment. We lost way too many people before we realized that we could do things differently.

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