Once upon a time in America there was a group of people called Pioneers. They made their way West on wagon trains, enduring unbelievable difficulties. They did it to give their families a better quality of life. They packed up their meager possessions and spent months living off the land to get to their new homes - homes they had to BUILD once their journey was at its end. They created new towns, new frontiers. They created this great country.
Today, moving takes little more effort than going on-line and finding an apartment in a different town and calling a moving van (or selling all your "stuff" and buying new when you get to your destination). But how many of you are willing to do that? Sure, you'd uproot your spouse and kids, move away from family and friends, but maybe get a better job, live in a safer neighborhood, have a better house, etc.
What I find discouraging is that today people don't seem to WANT to move for a better future. It's easier to bitch about the fact that the median home price in Manhattan is over $2Mil, and Los Angeles is $350,000 and in Chicago is $250,000. But in Pittsburgh it is $106,000, and in Memphis it is $99,900 and in Springfield, IL it is $114,000.
The median wage in America today is about $50,000 a year. How far does that go in Boston where the average home cost is $375,000? Nowhere near as far as it goes in Canton, Ohio.
So, what's it gonna be? Are you going to be a modern day Pioneer and move your family to an affordable place, or are you going to bitch and moan about the cost of an Apartment on the Upper East Side?