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.
This week on Changing Gears we’re talking about people who are leaving the Midwestern industrial corridor. Some of the areas hardest hit by out-migration are small rural communities. They are facing a triple whammy – the decline of manufacturing, farming and shipping sectors.
North Country Public Radio’s Brian Mann tracked the journey of one woman who moved from a tiny town to New York City. He brings us this report:
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Mark Scarlett and his daughter, Becca Johnson, on their farm in Rossie, NY.
It’s hard to imagine just how small Becca Johnson’s hometown is. Her parents moved to Rossie, in upstate New York, in the 1970s, part of the farming and manufacturing belt that stretched from the Northeast to the Midwest.
Their family homesteaded in an old abandoned barn.
“No running water and no toilet, or anything like that,” says Johnson. She was practically a teenager before her family got indoor plumbing. “It had an interesting influence on my social life,” she says.