Alain Bertaud on Pairing 15-Minute Cities
“The International Idiocy of the 15-Minute City” in Reason mentions Senior Fellow Alain Bertaud’s issues with 15-minute cities and related items from his book, Order Without Design:
...Alain Bertaud notes that most Parisians have already achieved access to a wide number of grocery stores, bakeries, and the like within walking distance without the help of invasive planners.
“The abundance and variety of bakeries are not due to meticulous municipal planning but to market mechanisms,” he writes. “If Parisians were to prefer herring to croissants for breakfast in the future, the market would adjust, and herring merchants will gradually replace the bakeries without any ‘redesign’ of Paris.”