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.
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.
New rules for getting along in an endlessly wired, ruthlessly crowded, sexually libertarian city. Written about Manhattan in New York Magazine, but its guidelines can apply to any urban metropolis.
1. No raking women with your eyes; glance quickly and respectfully.
2. Offer to share a taxi rather than fight over it.
3. Babies in strollers get right-of-way—until they abuse it.
4. Still no ogling girls—c’mon!
5. And skateboarding, are you kidding me?
6. Not everybody loves your dog as much as you do.
7. No bicycling on the sidewalk unless under the age of 6.
8. Pedestrians can die of secondhand smoke, too.
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.
To many Americans, ecological nirvana is a bucolic existence surrounded by wilderness. But the Thoreauvian desire for more elbow room has led to sprawl, malls, and cougar attacks. The edge-city upshot is a national cadre of 3.5 million “extreme commuters,” who spend more than three hours a day in transit, many of them spewing carbon dioxide between exurb home and city office. Automobile exhaust in the US contributes roughly 1.9 billion tons a year to the global carbon cloud, more than the emissions of India, Japan, or Russia. Even worse are the 40 million lawn mowers used to tame the suburban backcountry: Each spews 11 cars’ worth of pollutants per hour. The fact is, urban living is kinder to the planet.
There are plenty of good reasons to reject suburban living, many with a basis in conservation. Suburb-dwellers use more land than their urban counterparts, and suck up more energy as they drive around and heat their houses. But conspicuous resource consumption isn’t the real reason I loathe the ‘burbs. Urban living is a much less logical and more visceral preference. I don’t expect to convince committed suburbanites that my way will save the planet. I favor densification as an urban planning strategy, but accept that many car-and-cul-de-sac-loving Americans probably never will. I don’t understand the suburb as a lifestyle choice; but equally, I wouldn’t choose to live as a nomadic goat-herder or an Indonesian boat-dweller, and we can all still coexist on this planet. I just happen to think that suburbs–even the ones considered pretty–are ugly, lonely, soulless places, and I hope never to live in one again.
Everyone knows gentrification uproots the urban poor with higher rents, higher taxes and $4 lattes. It’s the lament of community organizers, the theme of the 2004 film Barbershop 2 and the guilty assumption of the yuppies moving in. But everyone may be wrong, according to Lance Freeman, an assistant professor of urban planning at Columbia University.
Hip home seekers who long for convenience, cuisine and culture are drawn to neighborhoods in a city’s downtown area. But with climbing populations and prices, is urban living right for you?
This is the largest state in the contiguous USA, stretching more than 700 miles from east to west and north to south, and space often seems infinite. Here, living large — and spread out — hasn’t been just a choice but almost a birthright. What changed? Gas prices soared. Traffic congestion choked highways. Air quality worsened and so did pressure from environmental regulators. Light-rail lines came online. And demographics shifted: As baby boomers became empty nesters, their desire for convenience and fun suddenly merged with those of young professionals. Both groups are flocking to urban settings.
The report, “Green Cities: How Urban Sustainability Efforts Can and Must Drive America’s Climate Change Policies,” evaluates how well cities across the country are working on reducing urban emissions, and lays out the three key areas that will make the most impact in the least amount of time.
If Kyle Ezell’s vision comes true, Americans are on the verge of a mass movement back to the cities, and San Diegans are already leading the way.
If you get a lift from the treehouse- or playhouse-like appeal of soaring ceilings and 18-foot windows, you’ll love loft living. If expansive, towering spaces trigger feelings of vertigo or agoraphobia, leave the loft lifestyle to stauncher stomachs. Love them or leave them, lofts are the new darling of the housing market out West as a fast-growing alternative niche in new housing trends, especially in redeveloping urban areas.
Merriam-Webster defines “lofty” as “elevated in character and spirit”; “noble”; “elevated in status”; “superior” and “rising to a great height. Today’s urban loft dwellers would agree with all those definitions as they embrace new-age metropolitan living in all its glory.
Today, maybe 400 people live in downtown Miami’s central business district, which bustles by day with the suit-and-tie crowd strolling to offices and shoppers browsing jewelry shops and electronic and discount stores. By night, the workers and shoppers leave, turning the downtown core into a dead zone dotted with vacant parking lots. But fast forward to Miami’s near future, and more than 12,000 people will call the area home.
Seven San Francisco buildings that go beyond SF’s live/work boom.
That’s a wrap for cocooning. Hanging out is in. Hot on the heels of a head-for-the-hills trend among home buyers seeking the security of remote locales, a back-to-the-city movement is growing among young professionals and empty nesters looking for a different kind of action.
High-end lofts are catching on in the Valley, an area known for its affordable fringe subdivisions.The urban living trend readily found in other large U.S. metropolitan areas is finally gaining popularity in downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale. Hip, industrial-looking lofts are becoming a hot investment for baby boomers and young urbanites.
A San Francisco family rethinks a remodel after a stay in a grass hut and aboard a boat.
Downtown Houston is alive, not just with the sound of music, but also restaurants, sports venues and, best of all, people.
The problems associated with urban sprawl are getting a lot of attention these days as cities deal with increased pollution, traffic gridlock and an aging infrastructure. How urban and suburban areas deal with increased population growth was a major issue in the last federal election, and it’s not a problem that will go away soon.
When you tour Beverly Drive, the look of Highland Park is reminiscent of the more well-known Beverly Hills, with its majestic, sprawling residences, many hinting at Spanish heritage through tile roofs, stucco walls, stained glass windows and romantic open balconies….