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Ohio Wesleyan University to Host Downtown Living Expert

October 25, 2007

Kyle Ezell
DELAWARE, OHIO – Kyle Ezell, a Columbus, Ohio-based cultural geographer and former city planner, will present “Promoting Downtown Living in the Midwest: Saving Heartland Cities by Choosing a Freak’s Lifestyle” at Ohio Wesleyan University Nov. 8 as part of the 22nd annual Sagan National Colloquium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

Ezell is the founder of Get Urban America, Ltd., an urban planning and marketing firm dedicated to teaching Americans how to live in cities. Traveling the country giving seminars on downtown living, Ezell has dedicated his career to advocating against additional parking lots and debunking city-dwelling myths, such as urban centers being hubs for yuppies or those in poverty. He also is an instructor of downtown housing for The Ohio State University's City and Regional Planning Program and has authored numerous books on downtown revitalization, including “Get Urban! The Complete Guide to City Living” and “Retire Downtown: The Lifestyle Destination for Active Retirees and Empty Nesters.”

“It’s time to target values as the primary determinant of urban revitalization,” said Ezell on his Web site, www.geturban.com. “Until values tip toward appreciating cities and the urban lifestyle they can provide, especially in the Heartland, very little can ever be expected to change. Vital American cities are about 60 years past due.”

The theme of this year’s Colloquium is “Cities and Suburbs: Life in a Metropolitan World.” Fourteen nationally acclaimed experts will speak on campus about various theme-related topics through mid-November. Established in 1984, the colloquium was endowed by 1948 Ohio Wesleyan graduates John and Margaret (Pickett) Sagan. A full schedule of this year’s events is available at snc.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.