I was running errands yesterday and listening to NPR on my travels. Neal Conan was sharing a story on blacks moving back to the south.
Between 1916 and 1970, African-Americans living in the South moved in waves from the Jim Crow South in hope of new opportunities to cities like Cleveland, New York and Chicago. The latest census data shows that African-Americans are on the move again, this time in the opposite direction. In recent years, surprising numbers of African-Americans packed up their families and moved below the Mason-Dixon Line and from cities to the suburbs.
Jobs and a lower cost of living are part of the appeal, but there is also a cultural and historical attraction, a desire to return to places that previous generations called home.
It was a very interesting story, with several guests weighing in on the topic from all races. The main point that captured my interest was that of fellow business owners that had experianced a saturation in the market of suburbia. With today’s tough times the need for more than one business in the same market is just about zero, making it even harder to survive, let alone thrive in the average north eastern strip mall.
For these reasons many families, business owners, politicians ect. are pulling up stakes and relocating to a less saturated market with a lower cost of living.
This really got me thinking. At what point do you start to look outside your area for opportunity? Would you make such a move if you thought you could make it some where else?
To me the thought is entirely possible, and quite exciting, however to my dear husband it is not at all on the table. I think the whole idea of a new prospect, place, & people would be amazing. I suppose that is the dreamer in me. The steadfast work horse in him works best head down, one foot in front of the other. To say the least it would be a major compramise for our family.
So ok, there are huge risks as well as the unknown, and adjustment. So would you consider it? Would you pull up stakes? What are the factors that would sway your desicion?
Leave me a comment and lets discuss…….0