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15 Minutes Cities

15 Minutes Cities

Imagine a Metro Manila where accessing essential services—markets, groceries, schools, hospitals, banks, workplaces—does not require navigating endless traffic jams or relying heavily on cars. This vision is inspired by the 15-minute city concept, pioneered in Paris and embraced globally as a solution to urban challenges.
Addressing Metro Manila's Traffic and Urban Challenges
Metro Manila faces significant traffic congestion, with daily vehicle volumes reaching 3.63 million in 2023, primarily motorcycles and cars. This congestion not only hinders mobility but also impacts air quality and quality of life for residents.
Global Movement Towards Sustainable Cities
Pursuing a Master's degree in Cities in London, Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo brings a profound understanding of urban planning strategies. Her expertise underscores the importance of creating neighborhoods where residents can easily access daily needs. The 15-minute city concept advocates for mixed-use developments, promoting local commerce, enhancing green spaces, and reclaiming public areas. Cities like London, Buenos Aires, Portland, Dubai, and Melbourne have successfully applied this model, adapting it to local contexts with positive outcomes.
Metro Manila's Collective Potential
Achieving the vision of 15-minute cities in Metro Manila requires coordinated efforts across its 16 cities and 1 municipality. Each locality plays a crucial role in reshaping urban landscapes into more accessible, sustainable communities. By leveraging existing infrastructure and community resources such as markets, schools, and healthcare facilities, Metro Manila can initiate localized transformations that reduce reliance on cars and improve overall urban livability.
To move forward, Metro Manila should prioritize:
  • Integrated Urban Planning: Collaborating on cohesive urban plans that prioritize mixed-use development, walkability, and accessibility to essential services.
  • Public Transport Enhancement: Expanding and improving public transportation networks to provide reliable and efficient mobility options.
  • Community Engagement: Engaging residents and local stakeholders in decision-making processes to ensure initiatives meet community needs and aspirations.
  • Green and Public Spaces: Creating and preserving green spaces, parks, and public areas that enhance quality of life and promote community interaction.

Metro Manila's collective potential lies in its diversity and shared commitment to sustainable development. By uniting efforts across its cities and municipality, Metro Manila can lead the way in transforming urban living, fostering resilience, and enhancing the well-being of its residents. Together, we can build a future where every Metro Manila resident enjoys convenient access to essential services, contributes to a cleaner environment, and experiences a higher quality of life. Join us in shaping a greener, more connected Metro Manila for generations to come.
Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo graces the cover of BluPrint Magazine's 2018 special issue, recognized as one of 50+ ASEAN movers and shakers for her impactful contributions.
Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo featured in BluPrint's Under 38 list, celebrating the creative pursuits of the younger generation.

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