Richard Florida’s observation, in M GEN: “The Harsh Future of American Cities”:
Much of our current aversion to crowds will dissipate with time.
… after the 1918–1919 flu pandemic, it took five or six years until people got comfortable taking trains again but that ultimately they did. “There was short-term adaptation and then no long-term change,” Florida said.
This American Experience episode on the 1918 Influenza pandemic takes that observation about trains to its global conclusion: humanity pretty much forgot about the pandemic altogether. At least it dropped from the storyline of our 20th-century experience, very much secondary to wars, depressions and social changes. We know dates like 1914, 1929, 1939, 1967 … but 1918 not so much.
So which kind of date will 2020 be?