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Get Urban!: The Complete Guide to City Living (Capital Ideas) [Paperback]

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For millions who grew up in the suburbs or spent their working lives on endless highways commuting to and from, "Get Urban!" is a practical self-help guide to transforming your lifestyle - from a complacent suburbanite to an exhilarated urban dweller. City planner and dedicated urban dweller, Kyle Ezell is determined to bring people back to America's urban centers where life is diverse and convenient. After travelling throughout the U.S. doing urban reconnaissance, he has identified 34 exciting cities that have the settings, ambiance, architecture, housing choices, and opportunities you crave - without the expense. He'll help you determine your "urban personality" - from sleek post-industrial cultural community to gracious historic garden neighborhood; from diverse, trendy arts area to "blank canvas" neighborhoods in need of a rescue - and match your wants, needs, and aspirations to the urban setting you crave. Then learn urban survival skills, including searching for a city home, "schlepping," dealing with the threat of crime, preparing for unique urban weather conditions, blending into your new neighborhood, even how to walk again. More than 300 photographs, charts, quizzes, and maps make "Get Urban" an illustrated journey deep inside America's revitalizing inner cities and a preview of what you can expect if you dare to make the move to an exhilarating urban lifestyle.

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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 6, 2004
Publisher   Capital Books
ISBN  1931868670  
ISBN13  9781931868679  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kyle Ezell is the founder of Get Urban America, a Columbus, Ohio-based urban planning firm dedicated to teaching the urban lifestyle to Americans, a predominantly suburban culture. Kyle is a trained cultural geographer and a nationally known certified city planner, and teaches downtown housing courses for the Ohio State University's City and Regional Planning Program. Numerous newspaper and television media have interviewed Kyle as an expert on revitalizing cities, and he is the author of "Get Urban! The Complete Guide to City Living" (Capital Books, 2004). He lives in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, go to and

Kyle Ezell currently resides in Columbus, in the state of Ohio.

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Could have done more  Jan 30, 2005
A good basic book and its arguement for saving cities is beyond reproach. But it lacked information on how to conduct research on where one might want to move, how to evaluate the direction an urban area is going or even how to tell if a city wants to have an urban core. And if he used the word "funky" once more I would have screamed; in fact he used it so much it almost made me put the book down. He should have stuck to the facts and tried not to draw verbal pictures of so many funky neighborhoods.
Gas prices getting you down? Then GET URBAN!  May 29, 2004
This timely book has made me realize....why drive and pay 50 bucks to fill up your SUV when you can "schlepp?" Get Urban! shows people how to avoid high gas prices by "positioning yourself" around food, work, fun and friends. I've already "gotten urban" in Bella Vista, Philly and I laugh at all the folks who made the choice to put themselves so far away from everything out in the 'burbs. Perhaps they might choose to establish their own world in waiting neighborhoods in their city's downtown. After all, we all have choices. GET URBAN AND START SCHELPPING!
What a useful book!  May 28, 2004
After driving through the decaying neighborhoods in D.C. today, I think every local politician and resident in the surrounding over-crowded suburbs should read this great book. Kyle Ezell tells you how to find the right neighborhood for your personality and teaches you the basic survival skills you will need to live in a city.

Going by the wonderful writing in "Get Urban!," I bet Kyle Ezell is going to be a superstar one day.

We got urban!  May 19, 2004
We were pleased when we passed the "Getting Urban 101" minicourse (chapter 3) with flying colors. We recently moved from the southern suburbs. We chose the "postindustrial urbs" and are living in Chicago's South Loop development called Central Station. Reading your book is full of good advice and is helping us get even more urban! And we're saving a load of money not paying high gas prices!
We're Getting Urban  Apr 22, 2004
Get Urban is the perfect book for us older folks with empty nests who are thinking about "getting urban." Our kids are gone and we are actually considering "moving on up" to a condo in downtown Nashville. The books speaks to us because we really do have to transform ourselves into a different mindset to become city dwellers. We haven't gotten urban yet, but have determined that we are "Postindustrial" urbanites. That's South of Broad (SoBo) in Downtown Nashville. Off we go, anxious, but excited. This was a very worthwhile book for us, especially because we've lived in a subdivision for forty years!

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