Is Your Town Being Transformed into a "15 Minute City"?
A couple of weeks ago, people took to the streets of Oxford to protest 15 Minute Cities after the local government announced plans to create these WEF-inspired neighborhoods.
15 minute cities have been proposed as a convenient climate change solution.
What if life could look like this? An oasis of green parks, endless sidewalks and empty roads. Impossible? Well, it’s actually the concept behind 15 Minute City…
a solution not only for gridlock on the streets, but also for carbon emissions.
Sounds lovely. But globalists have a habit of exploiting our dreams of intentional communities.
This 12 yo girl offers a different perspective…
People all over the world are voicing their concerns about 15 Minute Cities and their broader repercussions. James Woudhuysen addresses some of them as he describes plans for Oxford:
In past decades, town planners might have looked at this problem of high levels of congestion and drawn up plans for new and wider roads. But today planners are gripped by an anti-car ideology. Their focus is less on helping people get around than in reducing our use of cars by any means necessary.
To this end, Oxfordshire County Council, which is run by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, wants to divide the city of Oxford into six ‘15 minute’ districts. In these districts, it is said, most household essentials will be accessible by a quarter-of-an-hour walk or bike ride, and so residents will have no need for a car.
On the surface, these 15-minute neigbourhoods might sound pleasant and convenient. But there is a coercive edge. The council plans to cut car use and traffic congestion by placing strict rules on car journeys. Under the new proposals, if any of Oxford’s 150,000 residents drives outside of their designated district more than 100 days a year, he or she could be fined £70.
Do not leave your allotted zone, at least most of the time – that is the policy.
…Advocates like to present 15-minute cities as ‘people-centred’. But we should be sceptical of these claims, given that they only seem to come from high-placed politicians, wealthy institutions and out-of-touch academics. And it was only after lockdowns that the previously unthinkable idea of confining people to their local areas for the greater good was able to gain currency.
Mayors Gone Global
Woudhuysen also mentions C40. C40 is a global network of mayors pushing technocratic climate change solutions. According to C40.org, “C40’s mission is to halve the emissions of its member cities within a decade, while improving equity, building resilience, and creating the conditions for everyone, everywhere to thrive.”
There’s also a Global Covenant of Mayors and even a climate mayors guidebook so mayors can get with the program… the program being climate investments in the Inflation Reduction Act… which walk us right into 15-minute cities.
We rely on local government to look out for the unique and specific needs of our smaller communities and local businesses. When local governments are coopted by globalist group think, our communities lose their local representation and become absorbed into a global agenda.
Critics Are Over the Target
Unsurprisingly, any criticism of 15-minute cities has been equated with conspiracy theory or misinformation in the mainstream media.
Urban planners are fending off abuse fuelled by conspiracy theories about their "15-minute city" regeneration projects which suspicious social media users claim are the road to "climate lockdowns"…
But note the organizations that promote these smart cities and consider the measures they have been supporting…
..Supporters of 15-minute cities include the worldwide C40 cities alliance plus the United Nations and the World Economic Forum…
And note the gaslighting…
One TikTok video about Edmonton blamed the reforms on Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and "his World Economic Forum intentions"—despite it being a city scheme, not a federal one.
Remember, the globalists have penetrated local government..
The Road to Perdition?
Inroads to tyranny are being paved from all directions. These roads are decidedly “one way” and most of us aren’t meant to have cars to drive on them. Plans for 15-minute cities are expertly marketed, but it is imperative that we read between the lines.
This won’t stop at electric cars and travel restrictions. Infrastructure for mass surveillance is already well underway.
Here is Davos panel speaker Patricia Poppe calling for the use of automated smart devices to control our energy usage.
Is YOUR Town Going Globalist?
People are starting to notice the changes in their own towns and many are now speaking up.
In Westfield, NJ, where I lived until recently, concerned citizens have created groups like Westfield Advocates for Responsible Development in response to the One Westfield Place redevelopment plan, which will transform this “idyllic NJ suburban town” into what looks very much like a 15-minute city.
The project, called One Westfield Place, will be developed by HBC Streetworks — the development arm of Hudson Bay Co., the owners of the now-shut Lord & Taylor retailer that anchors the town on its the southern side, next to the train station…
According to Mayor Shelley Brindle, “The reality is that this is a model for what post-COVID Main Street communities can and should be.”
So what are the influences behind this “model”?
Let’s start with Mayor Brindle herself.
Brindle is a former HBO executive, a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices, a member of the Committee of 200 (C200), W.O.M.E.N. in America, and a regular participant at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. She’s also a founding member of Plum Alley Investments, “investors in female innovation.”
There’s a theme here of elevating the efforts of women and that’s great. But these organizations are often ripe for narrative exploitation as they tend to grab us by the values and lead us toward agendas.
From its website, “Vital Voices Global Partnership is a non-profit founded on the simple idea that nations and communities cannot move forward without women’s voices in leadership positions.”
Sounds great… until you realize this is an organization that champions the efforts of former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who imposed rigid lockdowns and censorship throughout the pandemic.
From navigating the Christchurch tragedy to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Ardern made difficult calls under extreme pressure. More often than not, her decisions proved effective and widely popular.
Perhaps then it’s unsurprising that, under Mayor Brindle’s leadership, Westfield was one of the towns that closed parks and playgrounds and trained police officers to use drones to monitor our backyards during lockdowns.
And take a peek at Vital Voices partners, which include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google and Johnson & Johnson…
Among W.O.M.E.N. in America sponsors are The Blackstone Group, UNICEF, Deliotte, and PWC - organizations that call for similar restructuring of our towns and cities.
Now let’s take a look at Plum Alley Investments.
We invest in advanced technology and healthcare companies at the Series A and B that will improve our lives and the planet.
Here’s a glimpse of some of those companies.
BioBot Analytics - population health analytics powered by wastewater
Gameto - applying advances in cellular reprogramming to address ovarian decline, infertility and menopause.
One Concern - Natural disaster resilience platform for earthquakes, floods and fire. Digital infrastructure of the physical world
Diligent Robots - interactive, autonomous and socially active robots for hospitals
Air Protein - meat made from air
AiFi - autonomous shopping solutions with 100% computer vision.
Cordex Systems - noninvasive cardiovascular monitoring and diagnostic device
Bitwise Industries - creating thriving technology ecosystems in “underdog cities”
ThinkCERCA - personalized curriculum and education technology for critical thinking
Shine - mental wellness platform
Einride - Fully electric and autonomous freight transport
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with technological advances, the companies represented all contribute to the infrastructure of 15-minute cities and The Great Reset and stand to profit from the damage done by lockdowns and vaccine-injury.
There’s also a clear bias towards technological solutions.
Lastly, under Mayor Brindle Westfield became a pilot city for former Walmart eCommerce CEO Marc Lore’s Wonder Truck mobile chef service. Marc Lore is a vocal proponent of smart cities. His dream is to create one from scratch.
Incidentally, Streetworks/Hudson Bay Company, the company behind Westfield’s redevelopment plan are looking to build “the downtown of the future.”
None of this makes Mayor Brindle, or anyone who supports the development of smart cities, some kind of supervillain. I know a lot of people who embrace smart cities and all the technology that goes with them. But deep ties to multiple organizations driving these agendas can obscure a bigger picture. I imagine it’s pretty easy to get caught up in a vision once you’ve embraced it.
As I watch 5G towers and large apartment complexes go up in towns throughout New Jersey, I have to wonder if local leaders have given enough thought to where this is all headed… especially as Bill Gates and others buy up all the land in between…
I share Jordan Peterson’s concerns on this one…
Excellent article Ann. Very thorough, with extensive references. Thank you.
Yes, '15-minute Cities' or so-called 'Smart Cities' as they used to be called not long ago are an integral part of the global totalitarian psychopath agenda as it's being perpetrated through the UN 2030 Agenda and its off-shoot, the Sustainable Development Agenda. All of them part of the single biggest ruse of all time.
I was at the Oxford event. The turn-out was great. I wrote my own piece about it here on Substack, to which I've continued to add other sources, such as yours above to in order to make it a kind of information archive on this subject. Your article is one of the best I've seen so far.
I think you've mentioned NJ in some of your posts... hence this share from ICAN Legal Update that concerns New Jersey: https://icandecide.org/press-release/attention-new-jersey-residents-automation-of-existing-vaccine-database-in-the-works/