Conspiracy theories on '15-minute cities' flourish

February 15, 2023

In a 15-minute city, all amenities would be a short walk or bike ride from homeParis (AFP) – Urban planners are fending off abuse fuelled by conspiracy theories about their "15-minute city" regeneration projects which suspicious social media users claim are the road to "climate lockdowns". The 15-minute city concept is credited to Carlos Moreno, a professor at Paris's Sorbonne University. "You can't leave a 15-minute city whenever you please ... A council spokesperson told AFP residents would not be locked down in their homes. Supporters of 15-minute cities include the worldwide C40 cities alliance plus the United Nations and the World Economic Forum -– targets of numerous false claims that are subject to frequent fact-checks.