This blog was written by Himanshu Raj, Officer, Sustainable Mobility at ICLEI World Secretariat.
From Paris to Buenos Aires to Melbourne, many cities around the world are following a trendy planning model of 15-minute cities emphasizing walkability and accessibility. While the idea of a 15-minute city is on its way to adoption by many cities, an unprecedented boom has been seen in grocery delivery companies promising 10 to 15-minute delivery. Over the last year, there has been a rapid rise of 15-minute grocery delivery services launched across cities in the United States and Europe, with the COVID-19 as an enabling factor. With low or no delivery fees, these companies are changing the way we shop, providing convenience for customers.
Both models aim to bring goods and services closer to home, but while a 15-minute city focuses on improving street life and supporting community engagement, the effect of the 15-minute delivery is still too early to tell whether the concept enhances or hinders community life. As the popularity of the new service rises, city officials will have to decide whether the service is a nuance or complements the 15-minute city concept.