There’s actually a pretty decent bus system
April 13, 2019 9:37 AM Subscribe
Vox, March 26, 2019: Moving from Seattle to Cedar Rapids cost nearly $6,000, and I’m so glad I did it. By Nicole Dieker
I’m paying $650 a month for a gorgeous studio with a view of the Cedar River and in-unit laundry. I’m the first tenant to occupy this apartment (and the first tenant to use its brand new appliances). Considering that my first Seattle apartment was a converted hotel room with no kitchen and a landlord who advised me to wash my dishes in a bus tub and dump the dishwater into the toilet — WHICH I DID, EVERY DAY — living in this apartment feels like living in another world.Vox, April 8, 2019: Move back to your dying hometown. Unless you can’t. By Lyz Lenz
Also, there’s actually a pretty decent bus system. (I know, right? Everyone is surprised.) That, combined with a bike and the occasional Uber, meant I would be able to move back to the Midwest without having to buy a car.
Living in the heart of America, they both argue, is the kind of noble choice that could bridge our nation’s deep divides.
But who is allowed to “move back?” Vance, like Anderson, is writing as a white cis person. For bodies that don’t belong — the queer, trans, disabled, person of color, or immigrant body — the close, tight-knit community that the Midwest prides itself on can be more isolating than uniting. It can mean violence, fear, and exhaustion.