Cold War Theory: suburbs. A 3D explosion is less stress in a 2D environment.
All those 6 story walk-ups. Well, if u move all those families out, you
still get 5/6 of them following Western leaders.
Cold War Theory: the U.S. has a timezone advantage to the Soviet Union. 4 to 2.
leaves only 5 hours a day where all workers are in the cities while for
7 hours the Soviets were exposed to
annihilation. Counting Western Europe, there's always a population that
survives. Disadv: Warsaw Pact.
US timezone advantage and 8 hour workday: coincidence? Sure, they had laws in the depression but c'mon. Thank the unions but also thank the bomb.
"Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
There was always a fight between the rich and poor. Because the threat of losing it all (risking potentially losing it all for a small upside by working them 10+ hours, they hedge their bets for some insurance. It was acceptable to be slightly less richer but have a lot more safety) So, there u go, the middle-class got a bit bigger.
OT: WWI soldiers came back and we never hear of the suburbs? so...
Link: Why Productivity doesn't explain post-war prosperity?