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Retire Downtown: The Lifestyle Destination for Active Retire and Empty Nesters


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Are you a Ruppie? More and more people are trending toward living downtown. Author Kyle Ezell demonstrates how empty nesters can live out their golden years full of fun and independence in the midst of the city.

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. After all, there's always a live theater or jazz band playing right around the corner. Author and noted city planner Kyle Ezell has assembled information on living downtown, shopping, eating at exciting new restaurants, getting around, staying active, downsizing to one car, volunteering, keeping faith alive, and much, much more into Retire Downtown.

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.

Learning how to locate the right downtown neighborhood in which to live, and discovering art galleries, cool hangouts, coffee shops, and farmers' markets, as well as the unique and trendy ethnic shops, are all exciting parts of Ezell's book--a must-have for every up-and-coming active retiree!

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Consultant Ezell (downtown housing, Ohio State U.) urges potential "ruppies" (retired urban people) to find their bliss and remain active in mind and body by moving to selected downtown sites that offer health care, education and intellectual stimulation along with opportunities for refined living, shopping, volunteering and getting around. He presents downtown areas of cities as the new retirement resorts and gives tips on enjoying the empty nest and retirements in the bright lights, furnishing information on the dynamic, distinctly different, sunbelt, and four-season choices along with cities to watch in the coming years. Along with sound advice on which resort downtown to choose, Ezell gives specifics on researching housing, health care, entertainment and education opportunities. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

 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

Product Details

Ezell, Kyle
Andrews McMeel Publishing
City and town life
Aging - Retirement
Consumer Guides
City and town life -- United States.
Retirement -- United States.
Business-Consumer Guides
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
September 2006
Grade Level:
9 x 6 in

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