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The Pandemic Has Kansas City Kids Moving Back In With Their Parents

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François Des Marteau
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François Des Marteau moved back in with his mother, Donna, when his job in Japan ended at the beginning of the pandemic.

For one Kansas City family, living together again was an easy adjustment. The time at home allowed a son to cultivate a new passion in interior design. Meanwhile, his mother says, "His youth is my energy."

Five months into the pandemic, the number of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents increased by 2.6 million, surpassing the previous peak during the Great Depression era.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.