If this chart is right then after the conclusion of the Depression and World War II it took the average renter a week’s income to pay for a month’s rent. Today it takes two and a half weeks income to pay for rent. That doesn’t leave much left to live and recreate on.
The official source for all the blather of the eccentric Harry Welty – Duluth School Board member, off and on, since 1995. He does his best to live up to Mark Twain's assessment: "First God created the idiot. That was for practice. Then he invented the School Board."