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Why suburban layout is a barrier to a walkable city in the United States

  When we talk about urban development in the U.S., there is one word that will always be present in any discussion: the  sprawl. The endless suburbs of the country's largest cities are the product of decades of urban planning based on the "American way of life", creating low-density districts, surrounded by nature (or at least meadows) and connected to the financial centres by highways. A "car-oriented" development with consequences that have already been widely studied and which have contributed to the environmental crisis that the world is suffering today. In contrast to suburban sprawl, different concepts have emerged in recent years that favour a more compact, efficient and less auto-dependent urban model. This is the case of the “15-minute city”, which according with Patrick Sisson from The City Monitor , “the 15-minute city is an approach to urban design that aims to improve quality of life by creating cities where everything a resident needs can be reach