“A rather benign urban planning concept is shaking up the English city of Oxford, sending thousands of people into the streets to protest what they say is a “dystopian plan” to take away their personal freedoms and lock them into their neighborhoods.

The concept of the 15-minute city, popularized by the Franco-Colombian academic Carlos Moreno, aims to make cities more liveable by ensuring that all essential services — think schools, medical care and shops — are within the distance of a short walk or bicycle ride.”