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Urban Living Guide

HGTV presents this guide to urban living. Tired of long commutes and suburban sprawl? Join the thousands of homebuyers flocking to the urban core. Find out what it's like to live downtown, tour urban areas across the country and see how city dwellers spend their days, buy a loft or condo and squeeze into small spaces. The Guide includes features such as What It's Like to Live in an Urban Home, and Survival Tips for Small Space Living, among others.


Find a walkable neighborhood or rate your neighborhood on its walkability. With gas at $4 a gallon, there's never been a better time to live in a walkable neighborhood. Walk Score ranks 2,508 neighborhoods in the largest 40 U.S. cities to help you find a walkable place to live. Read 138 Walkers' Paradises or What Makes A City Walkable.

Quiz - Is Loft Living Right for You?

Thinking of making a move from the suburbs to downtown? Take our quiz and find out if loft living could be right for you.

Lofty Ideas

The premiere online destination dedicated to open concept living. Whether you are a fan of the Lofty Ideas television series on HGTV or an admirer interested in loft living, an interactive discovery awaits you. Featuring images and information from your favorite Lofty episodes, Lofty on-line includes tons of design tips, a comprehensive listing of lofty-related resources, and question forums.

Cool Town Studios

We help people build communities. We link several million dollars in investment capital with proven, innovative real estate developers. The goal is to build an urban infill project that serves as both a model and anchor for future surrounding development designed to attract creative, entrepreneurial markets that significantly increase quality of life and local economic development.

Urban Mecca

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Get Urban - The Complete Guide to City Living by Kyle Ezell

The best and most complete book on Urban Living I have ever heard of! This is a new book designed to teach Americans about the benefits of city living, and an upcoming revolution...A coast-to-coast interest in choosing to live, love, and...REGROW America's cities. Inspires young people and old who are tired of the suburbs and ready for the glittering lights of city living to "Get Urban!" and move back to the city for community and cultural action. Helps people "Get Urban" by discovering their urban lifestyle in the kind of neighbor- hood that fits their tastes, attitudes, and preferred environment. Order through!

If you like Get Urban, or you are considering retirement or a second home, you'll love Kyle Ezell's new book:Retire Downtown: The Lifestyle Destination for Active Retirees and Empty Nesters.

Ruppies-Retired Urban People-are cropping up all over the country. The populations of city downtowns are exploding nationwide. Also known as "active retirees," Ruppies are quickly becoming a big part of that population. Downtown living can help them stay active both physically and mentally while keeping them entertained in the process. Retire Downtown lists the top 20 cities for Ruppies across the nation, with a wealth of facts on each area and a breakdown of each environment.

Intown Living : A Different American Dream

After decades of abandonment, cities across North America are experiencing a renaissance. A new generation is seeking greater excitement and diversity than the typical suburban subdivision offers and many people are instead looking to make their homes in lively urban environments. In Intown Living, authors Ann Breen and Dick Rigby document this movement, arguing that if properly nurtured, it could help slow current patterns of sprawling development and help revitalize America's cities. They illustrate the many benefits of city living and offer strategies and encouragement for public officials and private developers to team up and expand central city housing opportunities.

Lofts: Good Ideas

This book provides the history of loft inhabitation, as it went from bohemian refuge to a symbol of millennial cool during the past fifty years. Plenty of gorgeous color photographs illustrate this volume, providing inspiration from a variety of styles.


Short on words, but long on inspiration, this book is fabulous. If you want a book on lofts, this is it. From stark minimalism to chic downtown habitats, this book is for those that love lofts.

The Art Studio/Loft Manual: For Ambitious Artists and Creators

Three million creative people in this country need adequate studio space. Almost all of them have limited funds. Eric Rudd has written the first practical book to help creative people find, secure, fix up and finance great studio space. No one graduating from art, design, music or theater school should go out into the real world without absorbing the information in The Art Studio/Loft Manual. Seasoned artists and creators will welcome the ideas revealed in this manual.

The New Colonistby

The web magazine about city living. "Colonists" are members of a group, or colony, who build a new life together in a new territory. The new territory for today's new colonists is our once-neglected cities, which are being remade into rich and vibrant communities by old residents and new who have rediscovered the possibilities offered by urban neighborhoods. The New Colonist is a web publication for people who love and live in cities. It's not only about the cities themselves, but about life in cities. It's not only about the biggest cities we always hear about, but about the idea of a city as a colony of people growing together.

Dwell Magazine

Lara Hedberg Deam is the Founder of Dwell. Deam founded the magazine in a response to the experience she had while building her own home. After working with her architect she went back to school to learn more about design. Her studies helped her communicate with her architect and she developed an avid interest in promoting innovative design and architecture in the US. The magazine has a community and a shopping section online, which are very helpful.

City Journal Magazine

A quarterly magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute. City Journal is the nation’s premier urban-policy magazine, “the Bible of the new urbanism,” as London’s Daily Telegraph puts it. During the Giuliani Administration, the magazine served as an idea factory as the then-mayor revivified New York City, quickly becoming, in the words of the New York Post, “the place where Rudy gets his ideas.” The Public Interest goes further, calling City Journal “the magazine that saved the city.” But City Journal is a national, not just a local, force, with a readership that spans the U.S.—and an especially enthusiastic audience in the nation’s capital.



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