Utah Is Building a ’15-Minute City’ From Scratch

Anew planned community in Utah will strive to make it possible for residents to meet all their daily needs within 15 minutes without getting in a car — and to serve as a model for other U.S. developers who want to build basic mobility into the foundations of their designs.

Late last year, officials in Draper, Utah began a nationwide search for development partners to build the Point, a from-scratch neighborhood and “innovation hub” that will be constructed on roughly one square mile of state-owned land. But unlike many master-planned communities — a term that, at least in the U.S., has become heavily associated with tidy grids of suburban homes lining auto-centric roads — the Point will explicitly aim to “reduce the need for cars with extensive, regionally connected biking, walking, and transit systems.”