Last week we had another session which followed several we have had by Jim Lunday, by Iain White, of the Better Futures Forum. The 20-minute village is an excellent simple mantra which can influence town planning to reinforce the villages we live in. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than introducing visitors to my local coffee shop, Ristretto. Or my local butcher, Peter Timbs Meats. Or our local furniture maker, Ambrose Heal. Or the edge of the Red Zone. All within a 20-minute walk.
The concept is neat and two things gave me great pleasure. One was that Jim Lunday had done something to his computer and we didn’t have to listen to him. The other was that the area which was given as an example of 20-minute excellence is a subdivision which Jim Lunday is involved in designing in Hamilton.
What a shame Jim seems to be side-lined here in Christchurch. A prophet in their own land…?