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Place and Well-Being: The 15-Minute Neighborhood and Lessons from Covid-19

Place and Well-Being: The 15-Minute Neighborhood and Lessons from Covid-19

On December 9th, 2020, Meeting of the Minds convened a free, live webinar featuring Aimee Gauthier and Christina Jang of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).


This December 9th, two executives from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) will brief us on new research related to health and access in urban policy and planning.

First, they will share their brand new research on 15-minute neighborhoods – a framework to think about how residents experience their lives and how we might continue to use this framing in a post-Covid world. Where should cities invest precious resources for safe cycling? How do we preserve and continue the pedestrianization and access of our streets that the pandemic has accelerated?

They will also share ITDP’s recent research in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation on how we can improve cities for babies and toddlers. This unique perspective actually serves multiple populations – the frail, sick, elderly, and disabled. If we can make cities livable for children under age five, then perhaps we can also create cities accessible to everyone.

ITDP’s two toolkits will be shared for urban practitioners interested in getting into the weeds on block density, access to services, spatialized data, car-free zones, cycling infrastructure, education, and policy tools to ensure our cities are placing well-being as the key driver as we rebuild towards recovery.


Presentation Slidedeck

Download the slides used during the presentation.

Links to resources mentioned in the webinar:


Aimée Gauthier

Aimée Gauthier

Chief Knowledge Officer, ITDP

Aimée Gauthier is the Chief Knowledge Officer at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, where she has been working since 2002. She leads the international policy program, global research and projects, and monitoring and evaluation. Previously, she worked on transport projects in Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, including bus rapid transit, cycling and walking projects, and transport for health care. Aimée holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has dual bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and political & social thought from the University of Virginia.
Christina Jang

Christina Jang

Senior Program Coordinator, ITDP

Christina (she/her/hers pronouns) is a Senior Program Coordinator, supporting ITDP’s Global programmatic work. She leads agenda development and partnerships for ITDP’s annual international summit on sustainable transport, MOBILIZE. In her role, she also brings together knowledge and products across ITDP’s country offices, contributes to the Global program’s research on the mobility of young children, caregivers and women, and supports the Sustainable Transport Award Committee. She is passionate about finding and cultivating connections to promote sustainable transport that enables equitable and dignified access to opportunities in cities.


December 9, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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