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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Urban Planning Concept City To Rise in Pasay

15 minutes is a lot of time especially for the modern urban dweller. 

A lot of productive things can be done- a high-intensity, interval training (HITT) workout or run a 1.5-km rout, clearing your emails, meditating, catching up on the news, or preparing a quick smoothie- all within 15 minutes. 

But for Metro Manila commuters, 15 minutes is barely enough to get from point A to point B. And imagine yourself during rush hour, most likely you still haven't moved an inch.

In line with this, there's that modern urban planning concept referred to as 15-minute city where people and planet comes first. The term 15-minute city was coined by Paris-absed urbanist and Sorbonne University professor Carlos Moreno, wherein he said that the ideal neighborhood or city is built in such a way where work, food, housing, education and cultural activities can be easily accessed within 15 minutes, whether by food or by using a bicycle. 

Now to apply that 15-minute city concept here in Pasay City, a 360-hectare smart city development that aims to create an innovative tropical community for over 300,000 residents. 

Situated at the edge of a densely-packed and overpopulated metropolis perpetually in a traffic gridlock, this city will provide respite to its residents and visitors with sustainable, inclusive, safe, and healthy living where all their needs can be accessed within reach. 

Among the proposed features include a low carbon and safe mobility networks with multimodal public transport services and enhanced infrastructure that prioritizes active mobility like walking and biking. The parking lot will be equipped with EV charging stations, dedicated bike lanes, easily accessible public transport hubs, and unimpeded pedestrian walkways. 

This assures lower transportation costs, less carbon emissions, and most importantly, healthier and happier people. No More long and tiring queues at the EDSA bus carousel or sitting hours on end in the middle of EDSA traffic. 

The project has been thoughtfully planned and designed for many years, and finally it has received the green light by government to proceed. In fact, no less than Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda highlighted how the Pasay-led project is expected to earn billions in real estate assets for the the governmeng. 

Revenues from the project will generate a massive multiplier effect on our GDP and an estimated 3000K new jobs from 2027 to 2040. By 2035, it is projected to employ 4% of NCRs total work force.

The Pasay 360 Project will be a city that nurtures lives and livelihood, is expected to revitalize the economy, and hone the next generation of Filipino leaders. It can be a source of pride for Filipinos as we push towards the 22nd century.


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