In the post-WWII era, the GIs came home as the U.S. built the national freeway system. Hundreds of thousands of urban dwellers gravitated to inexpensive suburban land. Many more hit the road in the family sedan or station wagon, towing big aluminum trailers all over the country and looking for new careers. Strip centers dotted the roadsides, followed by the malls that anchored new home construction around them. Office buildings sprung up everywhere as new workers and businesses flocked to support the giant retail expansion of the ‘50s.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/08/14/your-parking-spot-could-kill-you