As if it were a Kafkaesque novel, one day you wake up and you look out over the open street from the balcony. The rustling of the leaves is heard of the trees and the chirping of sparrows. Not a car. Not a bustle in the city. You take a breath of fresh air to start the day.

Energy consumption has plummeted since the Movements in private vehicles were restricted. The expense of transport infrastructure maintenance and services is invested now to improve the efficiency of an industrial sector that, with the same amount of energy become more productive and competitive.

Teleworking, either from home or in shared offices has spread throughout the urban fabric and it is no longer necessary to carry out long commutes to get to work. The routes are now do the majority on foot or by bicycle, which has contributed to generating a greater consumption of products in local businesses and to reactivate the economy of the neighborhoods.

The fraternization of the communities was forged as that the interaction between neighbors increased in different contexts: in the park, in the shop, on the balcony. Today, the city of 15 minutes is more tangible now that your job, supermarket, school and medical center are within less than a kilometer away from your home.

The opening of the streets to the public has favored the entry of a greater number of trees, shrubs and gardens into the urban fabric. It is almost possible to see a squirrel jumping from tree to tree across the city. It also generates greater attraction to practice physical activities. The air is clean, healthy. The quality of life is better economically, socially and environmentally.

Juan Iglesias
Environmental urban planner