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On solving the inequality problem in cities

September 2020


Here is another quick share of an article that is timely and relevant not just now but for years (maybe decades?) to come:

Grossman, D. (2020) “New Study Proposes a Mathematical Solution to Big Cities’ Inequality Problem,” Inverse, [Last accessed: 9/15/2020]

I will just leave it here for future reference but to summarize, the article explains how cities should be planned or replanned based on the distribution or redistribution of certain facilities likeĀ hospitals, banks, schools, supermarkets, and parks. It argues that there is an optimum location for these in relation to where people live and work. If properly planned, travel distances and times can be significantly reduced.


  1. enp.tinio says:

    Thanks for this! Do you think the 15-minute city can be implemented in the Philippines?

    • d0ctrine says:

      Its possible for some cities where congestion is not as serious as MM’s or Cebu City’s. The reality is inequality in our case is not simply about distributing the facilities like hospitals, etc. Housing, for one, is quite expensive near the workplaces (e.g., Makati CBD, Ortigas CBD, BGC, etc.) so people tend to buy homes away from their workplaces. Ganun din about schools. People want to send their kids to Ateneo, for example, even if they live in Antipolo, or Las Pinas. Not everyone can afford to buy or lease a condo near these schools. So unless you have the mass transit infra like Japan’s or Singapore’s it’s impossible to have the 15-min city for most people.

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