With the pandemic, Paris could become a “quarter of an hour city” faster than expected

The new urban planning approach in vogue in Paris will change the way of life of its inhabitants, says the BBC. The Covid-19 pandemic has even given it a serious boost.

The concept had come out of the drawers long before: that of being able to carry out most of your daily activities – going to work, going to the doctor, shopping and dropping off your children at school – within a radius allowing not to exceed fifteen minutes of journey. “The quarter-hour city” was even one of Anne Hidalgo’s campaign arguments. The socialist mayor of Paris intends to transform the French capital into a city of proximity. But it was the confinement of last spring that gave the urban planning project an almost unavoidable character, estimates the BBC.

The British site has collected testimonials from (young) Parisians who recount this other experience of the health crisis. “Confining her within a radius of 1 kilometer around her home gave [à une serveuse] a nuanced and enriching overview of his neighborhood ” and the feeling that it is possible to feel in the middle of Paris as in a small village.

With the pandemic, we discovered the notion of proximity

The observation is not without importance for an idea until then theoretical: “The way we communicate, move, consume and create social ties had been influenced by the restrictions of the pandemic”, notes the BBC. And for the Mister Smart City of the town hall,



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