It sounds appealing in theory, but of course our social engineering overlords have ulterior motives behind it all.
Agree - like all things, can be eventually used for nefarious reasons. The appeal can be found if you're into new urbanism, trad architecture, etc. Basically, cities aren't going away so they might as well not be the dystopian hellscapes found today but instead promote a healthy civic life. Back to the old ways - ie a city you'd want to walk around in that isn't infested with globohomo and the evils of modernity. I still wouldn't want to live in a city if this were the case but otherwise I'm all for it "in principle" but definitely not as to how it will be in practice.
I did some digging on specifically on the 15 min city. This appears to be the originator of the idea: https://twitter.com/FractalCities
Reading over this person's views:
- Against the mRNA vaccines
- Against vaccine passports, digital ID's etc
OTOH this isn't a US boomer conservative either and is more of a secular humanist - ie interested in refugees, etc. But my globalist radar isn't going off, just a misguided liberal, although others who want to look at this account may beg to differ or think astroturfing is involved and that's fair.
The rub is that the WEF, a conduit of Satan's corruption of the world, got interested in this idea and hence the valid reason to not want to be part of it. It will NOT give us a thriving civic life with a place worth caring about that informs us of our civilization's values (even if they were good, which is far from the case now). The idea will instead be, as better described above than I can, used to marginalize, atomize, and control.