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I was a die-hard New Yorker who never imagined leaving the city. After COVID-19, I'm dying to leave and never return

Posted On: 25 May 2020   |   Posted By: Business Insider

I was a die-hard New Yorker who never imagined leaving the city. After COVID-19, I'm dying to leave and never return

Chloé Jo Davis is a lifelong New Yorker, mother of three, and the founder and editor of GirlieGirlArmy.com.
She grew up in the wild '90s of New York, but now says that clinging to nostalgia for a bygone era is no reason to remain in the city forever, especially at the cost of her children being able to grow up around nature.
Today's New York is no place to stay, says Davis, as COVID-19 shutters the small businesses, restaurants, venues, and communities that give the city life.
"I've paid my dues to this city with guts and glory, I've done my time - I think it's okay for me to step towards the sunshine with my babies," says Davis.
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My grandfather fled to NYC after a grand escape from the Nazis via Belgium with a few diamonds sewn in his pockets, and a dream of freedom. Forty-three years later, I have a son named Freedom, and a dream to leave this city that gave us our family history.
I was a teenager in the '90s in NYC - wild, full of moxie, graffiti-covered...

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