Ben Cantey had never really planned to move back to Cincinnati. But the Covid-19 pandemic significantly shifted the course for the Springfield Township native.
Systemwide shutdowns were the sole factor behind his move home from Los Angeles, one only meant to be temporary. He initially rented an Airbnb downtown for three months — that was more than a dozen months ago.
“Los Angeles probably shut down harder than any other city outside of San Francisco and New York. The beaches were closed, the parks were closed, there was nothing to do,” Cantey said. “I have nieces and nephews here, four siblings and parents here. I thought we could be our own pod unit. Three months turned into a couple more months. I met a woman and it became a little longer and more permanent.”
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Story excerpt provided by Cincy Inno.
Written by Liz Engel.
Originally published October 21, 2021.