Jun 26, 2023Liked by Russil Wvong

Not sure I agree with this. Not every job is super specialized and except for job commuting, we should get every other kind of trip (groceries, entertainment, visiting doctor etc.) within a 15 minute radius. There is value to be had with decentralized but these "satellite" places should be built with efficient connection to the main job centres until they can develop their own niche overtime.

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Jun 27, 2023·edited Jun 27, 2023Author

It makes intuitive sense, right? But the urban planners of the 1970s believed that it was true for commuting to jobs as well, that people would work close to where they lived. This is also supposed to be part of the "15-minute city."

In practice what happens is that it's more expensive to live near the actual centre and less expensive to live near one of the outlying "centres" (e.g. Vancouver vs. Surrey). More people (e.g. those with specialized occupations) want to live where there's easy access to jobs, and under the "regional town centre" concept it's not supposed to be necessary to add a lot more housing in the actual centre, so housing there is scarce and rents are high. The result: if for example you're working in a restaurant in Vancouver, you may well end up living out in Surrey and commuting 1.5 hours by transit in each direction. (This is a real example.)

As Dan Wentzel puts it: This isn't a 15-minute city, it's a theme park.

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