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In New York. Like BJ Liederman, who writes our theme music. People have been moving to the suburbs for decades. But now the Corona virus outbreak may have Haitian that movement, even in New York. That has a lot of people talking about the future of cities. NPR's Uri Berliner reports. Susan Horowitz has never seen anything like it. We're seeing 20 offers on houses. We're seeing things going 30% over the asking price. It's kind of insane. Horowitz is a veteran Realestate agent. And she's talking about the frantic, hyper competitive market in Montclair, New Jersey, a suburb about 12 miles from New York City. It is a blood sport. Montclair is the kind of suburb that even appeals to demanding New Yorkers. It has yoga studios. Restaurants. You can walk to art galleries, even a film festival, Horowitz says. It's always been popular. But now on a completely different scale, every last bit of it is covert related. New Yorkers used to say maybe one of their one day now they've decided we don't have. Look you lose anymore. We don't have people coming out. A sort of test the market and see what's out. There are which says people are eager to buy like Miriam Cantor and Steve can a plume. They're expecting their first child in September. Miriam works in ad sales, Steve's and risk management, and Until recently they were living in a one bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side with their dog buoy as the virus spiked in the spring there, anxiety about going outside mounted, so it was coming in and out of the building at least 4 to 5 times a day to walk him. It was getting really stressful. Miriam and Steve had been planning to move to the suburbs since January. The pandemic clinched it being an epicenter, the washing of the hands just the nerves of it all. It was pushing us out the door for sure. Out the door to Montclair in late April, their offer on a colonial with black shutters and a big front porch beat out for other biz. Miriam says they paid almost 20% above the asking price. You think that would have cost even more if they waited, And so on June 1st, they moved in and officially became suburbanites. Everything came to the moment we could let the dog out in the yard. Similar stories are playing out throughout the Greater New York area since March, Around 10,000 New York residents applied to change their address with the Postal Service and moved to Connecticut. That's according to Hearst, Connecticut media and in the suburbs north of the city and further upstate Here's real estate agent Monica Schwarber in the month of April, where we typically would get Navy 75 increase in a month. We had over 400 enquiries, ditching the city and buying a quiet place away from the crowds takes money. Only the relatively well off can do it. It's not really an option for a low wage workers who take the subway and worry about getting sick. But for those who have the option of moving, it's not just anxiety over the virus. Glenn Kalman is the CEO of the national real estate brokerage Redfin. He says remote work has offered a new kind of freedom covered has changed what people want. They want that house in the hills, nearly that's far away from everyone else. Work from home is also liberated them people leaving congested cities for the suburbs. It's the story of America and has been for many generations. There was a period about a decade ago, when big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles grew quite alive. That's unheard of William Fry is a demographer at the Brookings Institution since they invented the car. I don't think We saw a few years where cities as a group are growing faster than suburbs. All that got a lot of media attention, especially about millennials in Brooklyn, but the picture has shifted once again over the past few years, there was more movement to the suburbs. More movement to smaller size metropolitan areas. So does that mean that a superstar city like New York will wither away? Fry doesn't think so. He says. New York is resilient. Its appeal is timeless, and maybe members of Gen Z will flock there just like the Millennials did a decade ago. Worry. Berliner NPR news Willie Nelson has some new songs on a new album, so I really need to say anything more than that. It's called first rows of spring, the first time that he saw everything had changed overnight. Love started. First rule of Willie Nelson joins us now from his famous ranch outside of Austin. Mr Nelson, Thanks so much for being with us about I've read that this is the song that kind of got this album started. Yeah, but he can.

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