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15-minute cities will improve mental health and wellbeing

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As published in The Conversation

The idea of the 15-minute city, according to its originator Carlos Moreno, is that people are no more than a 15-minute walk or bike ride away from all the services they need to live, learn and thrive.

The idea is appealing in its simplicity: it puts people and the environment at the center of urban planning. It involves building new urban centers and restructuring existing ones to ensure the services people need for work, food, health, education, culture, and leisure are all close by – a walk or bike ride from home. Key elements are the proximity of necessities; local participation and decision-making; community solidarity and connection; and green and sustainable urban living.

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