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Environment & Sustainability

The 15 Minute City

Virtual Forum

Friday, July 9, 2021
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"If we want to be welcoming to everyone, we have to have a place for those people to live." – Jason A. Segedy

If you had 15 minutes to walk from your front door, where could you walk to? And would you?

Many American cities are built around the convenience of cars, with public transit and bike infrastructure taking a back seat to road and highway improvements. Yet, 25% of Cleveland households and nearly 40% of East Cleveland households lack access to a vehicle.

The 15-minute city (or “complete neighborhood”) is an urban planning concept where any resident should be able to get to their job, visit the doctor, grab groceries, or even a cup of coffee with just a short walk or bike ride. It is a different approach through the lens of equity, helping to reduce reliance on personal vehicles.

Over the last year, more residents have found themselves working remotely, going on more walks, and supporting local businesses closer to their homes. Still, other neighborhoods faced long-standing challenges with walkability, pedestrian safety, and access to the basics.

Is it time to reimagine our cities, 15 minutes at a time?

Join us for a virtual Friday Forum as we discuss these questions with Andre Brumfield, Assoc. AIA, Cities & Urban Design Leader, Design Director, Principal, Gensler; Jason Segedy, Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Akron; and Khrys Shefton, Director of Real Estate Development at the Famicos Foundation.

The livestream will be available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Have questions? Tweet them at @TheCityClub or send a text to 330.541.5794.

Production and distribution of City Club forums in partnership with Ideastream Public Media is generously provided by PNC and the United Black Fund.

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