This past Thursday night we held the Get Urban Miami Valley event that we’ve been promoting here for the past couple months and it was a huge success! We had over 200 people register and a total of around 230 in attendance. The room at the Webster Street Market (a perfect venue for this sort of thing) was buzzing with many current urbanites and urban-curious folks who were there to hear more about why anybody would actually CHOOSE to live in the City of Dayton over the burbs. Our featured speaker Kyle Ezell gave a great presentation on what it means to "get urban" and he gave most of us a lot to think about in terms of changing a culture that for decades has valued suburb and exurb living over an urban existence.
As expected, this ended up being a "preaching to the choir" event – our mix based on registrations was about 2/3rds "already urban" and 1/3rd "urban curious". Actually I was pleasantly surprised at the number of urban-curious people who came. But even though the majority of people were actually urbanites who don