Runaway youth have always fled to cities – but they now find themselves adrift in much costlier cities, where even the fully employed are barely scraping by

The first thing Zach Hicks did after he was run over in Roanoke, Virginia, was to write a Facebook post. He kept it simple: “I just got ran over by a truck.” The first commenter was his mother, hundreds of miles away in the midwest, who also kept it simple: “WTF!?!?!?!?”

He was retrieving a dog, Sobaka, that he’d been given by a band of Hell’s Angels. The dog had bolted and was cowering beneath an 18-wheeler truck. Against his better judgment, Hicks crawled under to pull Sobaka out, and was hit.

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