Americans on the Move

For some, the decision comes with a shock of disgusted recognition, like a less heroic version of Hemingway's Lieut. Henry bidding a farewell to arms by jumping into the frigid Tagliamento River.

The moment for Walter Matsinger arrived 2½ years ago, as he was stalled in a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on his way home from work as a carpenter's apprentice in Philadelphia. "This is it," Matsinger said to himself. He knew that he had to leave the city, to flee its crime, its pollution and impersonality, its high social anger. Suddenly, he recalls,...

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