“France can truly move towards the realization of half-hour territories” | EUROtoday

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HAS on the daybreak of confinement, in March 2020, I launched an attraction within the columns of World, to rethink our city and territorial mannequin. Four years later, the Covid-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst, forcing a profound reassessment of our life patterns, notably with regard to city planning. Spreading around the globe since then, in France, it has highlighted the pressing want for elevated accessibility to companies and infrastructure, whether or not in city or rural areas.

In this context, the idea of the quarter-hour metropolis that I’ve vigorously supported since 2016, by guaranteeing entry to all important companies in low-carbon proximity, is rising as an adaptable method to city improvement that meets ecological imperatives. , financial, social and concrete variety. This idea, discovered within the extension of the dedication of thinkers and actors of the residing metropolis similar to Clarence Perry, Jane Jacobs, André Barey, Jan Gehl and plenty of others, is revitalized within the up to date context, providing with the blissful proximity an progressive imaginative and prescient for territorial improvement and the event of residents.

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It is now essential to speed up and lengthen this imaginative and prescient to supply all French city and territorial strata new proximity. This yr, France can really transfer in direction of the conclusion of half-hour territories on a nationwide scale, an method that would contribute to the overhaul of French territorial house.

The world enlargement of this method has additionally had its developments in France. Since 2020, many municipalities have undertaken the transition to the quarter-hour metropolis, the half-hour territory.

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The City of Paris, underneath the aegis of the mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has launched city redevelopment applications targeted on the creation of pleasant native areas and the promotion of sentimental mobility modes, thus contributing to creating companies accessible to on foot or by bike in lots of neighborhoods.

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Other cities, similar to Lyon, Toulouse, Nantes, Bordeaux, Mulhouse (Haut-Rhin), Roubaix (Nord), Béthune (Pas-de-Calais) and its neighborhood of communes, Sète (Hérault), Vandoeuvre-lès- Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), Labège (Haute-Garonne), are additionally working to rethink their city planning to align with the ideas of blissful proximity, of a metropolis inside attain, because the incarnation of town quarter of an hour.

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