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Rex Smith: What might keep people from leaving

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08.06.2019

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There's a weekend every year when it's time to haul the big air conditioner out of the attic and wrestle it into the bedroom window. You've got to install it before you need it, you know, and it looks to me like this is the moment.

Now, finally, with the sweet spring air carrying easygoing warmth, we can enjoy the season we dream of on those frigid February days. And we can accept the envy of those neighbors who fled to the Sun Belt. You know, it's barely June, and they're already sweating down there (when they're not worrying about tornadoes and flooding).

Some 60,000 New Yorkers move to Florida in any given year, presumably many of them drawn by warmer weather and lower taxes and living costs. Some come back: In 2017, more than 28,000 Floridians moved to New York.

People migrate from one place to another all the time, despite the pain of leaving friends and family in a community they know. Sometimes we leave home for opportunity; often it's more for survival, such as when a job has disappeared or, in other places, where life itself is at risk.

History records many examples of mass migration. America was changed, for example, because of the........

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