In Chapter 14 of 17, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis explains his motivation to leave suburban Austin, Texas for downtown living. Curtis had space, but also felt isolated, often staying inside for a weekend. Upon relocating downtown, Curtis becomes more active and engaged in the community. He purges tons of stuff - VHS tapes, Hall and Oates audio tapes, Renaissance fair swords - and finds a simplified life more enjoyable. Living in a 600-square foot apartment pushes Curtis to explore his neighborhood, meet neighbors, and participate as a member of the community.