Inside a 20-Minute City

This piece from <em>Worldchanging</em> looks at the Seattle-area city of Ballard. It's a "20-minute city", where people can get to practically everything they'd want or need to within a 20-minute walk.
April 14, 2009, 1pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"These 20-minute cities already exist. By recording these developments, we aim to chronicle local community efforts to create a more dense and sustainable city."

"When it comes to getting around Ballard, alternative transportation seems to be king. Driving a car to this neighborhood will cost you time and money. Luckily, you don't have to. From downtown Ballard, almost everything you need is a quick hop, skip and jump away."

"'Local' and 'Ballard' go together in the same way that Seattle and rain are often associated. From sidewalk gardens to farmers markets, eating in Ballard offers tons of options for enjoying fresh, local, seasonal treats - food that perhaps you have grown on your own front steps."

Public Space:
"Access to parks and other green spaces is not only essential for our peace of mind, but is also essential to improving our health And other places, like public squares, plazas and community centers, gives neighborhoods third places where neighbors can meet, mingle and even generate scenius. "

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Published on Thursday, April 9, 2009 in WorldChanging
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