Slowing Down Cities Might Sound Like A Weird Thing In Speed And Mobility Addicted Times

Claudia Brose
5 min readMay 9, 2024

But here is how the Slow City movement helps to improve our quality of life

Photo by Frederik Trovatten on Unsplash

A bustling metropolis, bursting in diversity, with a vibrant art, culture and entertainment scene holds an undeniable allure for many. The fast-pace lifestyle of big cities has some attraction. But many of us might also despise the increasingly frenetic, homogenized pulse of our modern cities, with never-ending streams of people and events.

Numerous cities in the past have done their urban planning with the idea of faster travel saves time and makes everyone better off. It turned out this concept didn’t always make us live and work better, but actually made everyone worse. Did you notice?

As slaves to speed, we would benefit from slowing down cities.

The fast lanes that you might get stuck on

Sitting in a taxi on a 12-lane highway (twelve!) trying to get to the Dubai airport some months ago made us wonder if this is what humans are striving for: sitting in a traffic jam on the most modern highway system, surrounded by millions of metal boxes on four wheels wasting hours of their lifetime to get to places they often don’t even want to be.



Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush