Where the ‘expat’ New Yorkers are flocking: Midwest version

Where the ‘expat’ New Yorkers are flocking: Midwest version
Columbus, OH: Historic German Village, looking inviting. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video)

[Ed. – Just so you know.  Are they coming in like California equity emigrants and voting for all the stupid stuff they fled from?  Do keep us updated.]

A native of Columbus, Ohio’s, Worthington suburb, Bryan Williamson had studied interior design and learned furniture-making in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, while his New Jersey-born wife, Catherine, miserably slaved away at a public accounting firm.

They were paying $1,600 a month for a one-bedroom apartment in Sunnyside, Queens, when a trip to see Bryan’s family back in Ohio led to an epiphany.

Driving around the city’s German Village, Short North and Old Towne East neighborhoods, they noticed the city’s positive energy — and the refreshing degree of homeownership. “We started thinking, ‘There’s a momentum here,’ ” says Catherine, now 33. “And we could make something for ourselves that we wouldn’t be able to do in NYC. That was the turning point, and we moved six months later.” …

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According to a 2014 census, about 1,000 New Yorkers (or 2,000, if you count those from New Jersey and Connecticut, too) relocated to Columbus between 2011 and 2014, and the figure seems to be growing.

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