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Get urban! : the complete guide to city living
Ezell, Kyle.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sterling, Va. : Capital Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxii, 259 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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HT123 .E94 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HT123 .E94 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why I Wrote This Bookp. xv
1 Are You Ready for a Life Adventure?p. 1
Normal Suburbiap. 3
"Weird," Exciting Urbiap. 6
The Ready and Willing Urban Migrantp. 7
Changing Your Values Systemsp. 8
Urban Draws and Suburban Flawsp. 9
Your "Urban Draws" Worksheetp. 11
Your "Suburban Flaws" Worksheetp. 15
Let the Transformation Beginp. 16
2 The Urban Quality Checklistp. 17
Ten universal elements to look for in a quality urban environmentp. 17
1. Choose a Close-in Urban Locationp. 18
2. Position Yourselfp. 20
3. Seek Out "Mallternatives"p. 22
4. Look for Active Sidewalks and Streetsp. 25
5. Notice Constructionp. 28
6. Find Places that Offer Transportation Choicesp. 31
7. Find Great Urban Parksp. 32
8. Seek a Wide Diversity of Peoplep. 34
9. Find Creative Placesp. 35
10. Detect Urban Optimismp. 38
Sample Urban Quality Checklistp. 40
3 Getting Urban "101"p. 43
A ten-step minicourse that will help you find your authentic city lifep. 43
Lesson 1 Go toward "Trendy"p. 43
Lesson 2 Understand Urban Energyp. 44
Lesson 3 Identify Urban Street Shapesp. 47
Lesson 4 Avoid Streets with Suburban Shapesp. 50
Lesson 5 Rethink "City"p. 56
Lesson 6 Identify the Authentic Cityp. 59
Lesson 7 Conceptualize an "Urb"p. 63
Lesson 8 Detect Urb Personalitiesp. 66
Lesson 9 Beware of Fake Urbsp. 68
Lesson 10 Recognize the Different Types of Urbsp. 71
What Kind of Urbanite Are You?p. 72
4 Postindustrial Urbsp. 75
You Are a Postindustrial Urbanite If Youp. 75
The Rust Belt Is Coolp. 76
SoHo Started It Allp. 76
That Edgy Postindustrial Feelingp. 79
Postindustrial Marketsp. 82
The Loft--Quintessential Urban Livingp. 83
Postindustrial Stylep. 88
The Old Market, Omaha--"So Old"p. 89
Southside, Chattanooga--"EcoSoHo"p. 91
The Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee--"SoHip, SoNice"p. 94
River Market, Kansas City--"SoHoMO"p. 96
Shockoe Bottom, Richmond--"SoTo(bacco)"p. 98
Bricktown, Oklahoma City--"SoBrick"p. 99
Downtown Memphis--"So-Southern"p. 101
Downtown Dayton--"Chic-Ho"p. 103
The Strip, Pittsburgh--"PittHo"p. 105
Historic Core, Los Angeles--"Manhattan, California"p. 106
WashHo, St. Louis--"Manhattan, Missouri"p. 108
Old Town, Wichita--"The New Old West"p. 109
Finding the Postindustrial Urb(s) in Your Cityp. 111
5 Garden Urbsp. 113
You Are a Garden Urbanite If You ...p. 113
It's Cute. It's Quaint. It's an Urban Gardenp. 114
The Parks of Garden Urbsp. 118
Lush Gardensp. 119
Old Homesp. 120
The Model Garden City--Savannahp. 122
Old Louisville--"Victoria"p. 123
Mount Vernon, Baltimore--"Old Europe"p. 125
Quawpaw Quarter, Little Rock--"Urban Garden Paradise"p. 127
Historic East Nashville--"The Real Music 'City'"p. 129
German Village, Columbus, Ohio--"A German Village"p. 131
Soulard, St. Louis--"New Orleans, Missouri"p. 133
Roosevelt, Phoenix--"Desert Garden"p. 135
Oregon, Dayton--"Georgetown in Ohio"p. 136
Near East Lexington--"The Inner City of Trees"p. 138
Springfield, Jacksonville--"Iowa in Florida"p. 139
Finding the Garden Urb(s) in Your Cityp. 141
6 Eclectic Urbsp. 143
You Are an Eclectic Urbanite If You ...p. 143
Calling Diversityp. 144
Funky Definedp. 144
Greenwich Village--The Original Eclectic Urbp. 148
The Short North, Columbus, Ohio--"Art in Your Face"p. 151
Northshore, Chattanooga--"Outdoor Sports; Manhattan Culture"p. 155
Little Italy, San Diego--"Italy"p. 158
Ohio City, Cleveland--"Sidewalk Culture"p. 160
"The Multiple Villages of the"--Northeast Quad, Indianapolisp. 162
The Fan District, Richmond--"London"p. 165
The Elmwood Village, Buffalo--"Forever"p. 167
East Rochester--"Urban Elegance"p. 169
Finding the Eclectic Urb(s) in Your Cityp. 171
7 Blank Canvas Urbsp. 175
You Are a Blank Canvas Urbanite If You ...p. 175
Introducing a New Movement--Urban Activismp. 176
That Blank Canvas Feelingp. 178
Latent Urban Energyp. 180
Detroit: "A Gallery of Blank Canvases"p. 182
Fort Worth South--"Imagine ..."p. 185
Farish Village, Jackson, Mississippi--"Urban Southern Soul"p. 187
Inside the Inner Dispersal Loop of Tulsa--"Funklahoma"p. 189
Downtown Huntsville, Alabama--"Rocket City"p. 191
Downtown Las Vegas--"A Real City"p. 194
East Village, Des Moines--"High Impact"p. 196
SoLo, Kansas City--"Fill-in-the-Blanks"p. 198
Midtown, Birmingham--"Magic"p. 200
King-Lincoln, Columbus--"African-American Heritage"p. 203
The Combined Urbs of Cincinnatip. 205
Finding the Blank Canvas Urb(s) in Your Cityp. 208
8 Considerations for Future Urbanitesp. 209
Find Your Urban Lifestyle (101)p. 209
Hone Your Urban Quality Checklistp. 211
Positioning Yourselfp. 214
Accept the Urban-Suburban Cost-of-Living Trade-Offp. 218
Find an "In-Town" Realtorp. 221
Buy an Urban Havenp. 223
Rent a Lifestylep. 227
Understand City Transportationp. 228
Master the Art of "Schlepping"p. 231
Prepare for Urban Conditionsp. 235
Understand--and Take Charge of--Your Fear of Urban Crimep. 237
Blend into Your New Neighborhoodp. 239
Find Urban Kids for Your Urban Kidsp. 245
Prepare for a Life Adventurep. 247
Cities on Your Listp. 249
Glossaryp. 251
Indexp. 255
About the Authorp. 261