Former Detroiter Alex Ozark on the Hyundai-Kia proving grounds in California / Credit: Charla Bear
Many of us have friends or family members that have moved away from the Midwest.
In the Changing Gears special “Where Did Everybody Go?” we’re talking with some of those people who have moved out of the region – asking them why they left, what they found, and if they’ll ever come back.
We also take a look at what their departure means for the region.
You can listen to some of those stories here.
Part I: What’s So Great About Austin? Plenty, According To Former Midwesterners
Part II: The Appeal Of Portland
Part III: Detroit Coney Dogs On The Sunset Strip
Part IV: A Generation Moves Off The Farm
You can listen to the hour long Changing Gears special “Where Did Everybody Go” Sunday, 9 pm ET, on Michigan Radio; Monday, 10 am CT, on WBEZ Chicago; or Tuesday, 8 pm, on ideastream Cleveland.
Alex Ozark on the Hyundai-Kia proving grounds / Credit: Charla Bear
No city has been more affected by Midwestern out-migration than Detroit.
Based on the latest census numbers, the city is losing about 2 people every hour.
Changing Gears has been talking with some of those people who are leaving our region.
Alex Ozark grew up in Detroit. He always wanted to work in the auto industry, but he’s not doing it with the Big Three. He’s doing it in California.
Charla Bear brings us this report:
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Alex Ozark drives like a maniac in his company’s cars, treating a black SUV like a cross between a tank and a sports car.
“So we’ll do, we’ll do a hot lap.”
He deliberately hits potholes, runs over lane dividers, and takes corners really fast. So fast, I have a death grip on the grab handle.