Zoom Town

Bob Goldman on

Oh, how exciting it was.

You were moving to the big city! Maybe you grew up in a sleepy suburb or a rural oasis where your nearest neighbor was a cow, or maybe you were already living in the big city, but with your parents as roomies, and now you were on your own.

No matter how, why or when you got there, you instantly became a different person -- a very cosmopolitan, highly urbanized, totally sophisticated city person.

Well, that is then, and this is now.

Now the hustle and bustle you so enjoyed has become the traffic snarls you just can't stand. The cost of your home, expensive but well worth it, no longer is. And as for all the charms of the city -- the concerts, the restaurants, the museums, the theater, everything that made all the pain and expense of living in the city worthwhile -- COVID-19 has closed them down.

As result, even the most devoted city slickers are packing their Filson duffels and heading for the sticks.


It's not like the country is drawing you in; the city is kicking you out.

One person who has noticed this phenomenon is Lilly Smith, whose recent post for Fast Company is titled, "'Zoom Towns' Are Exploding in the West."

"The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a new phenomenon," Smith writes, "a migration to 'gateway communities,' or small towns near major public lands and ski resorts as people's jobs increasingly become remote-friendly."

Makes perfect sense. Working remotely allows you to live remotely, somewhere cheaper, calmer and closer to all that wonderful hiking and skiing you are always claiming to love, even if you somehow seem to love nature best from a $700-a-night hotel suite.


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