Suburb St. Louis’ 15-Minute City Map is attracting worldwide attention

ST. LOUIS: A transformation plan a suburb of St. Louis into a “15-minute town” is recognized worldwide. The Guardian presents O’Fallon, Illinois’ 20-year development plan.

What is it? Simply put, people who live in O’Fallon, Illinois should be able to walk or bike to everything they need from home. The aim is to make life there more sustainable, more comfortable and less stressful.

There have been many high-tech ideas over the years to make this happen. Founded by Elon Musk, the Boring Company proposed digging tunnels to help people get around. Several Hyperloop plans have been proposed to quickly transport people from one place to another. Bullet trains, public transit, car sharing apps and more have all attempted to address the mobility issues associated with modern life.

O’Fallon, Illinois is planning a 15-minute town

The 15 Minute City concept solves the problem by bringing the things you need closer to home. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo made it part of her re-election campaign. The French plan has existed for three years.

Implementing the 15-minute city map in a dense city like Paris is one thing, but how is that supposed to work in the Midwest? A poll found that people in O’Fallon want more places to bike and run. In reality, Less than 5% of Americans walk or bike to work.

The plan is still in the works. It remains to be seen whether hurdles such as zoning, bike lanes, pedestrian access and more will emerge over the next two decades. One thing is for sure, O’Fallon, Illinois gets a lot of positive attention for trying something new. Suburb St. Louis’ 15-Minute City Map is attracting worldwide attention

Sarah Y. Kim

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