The G.I. Bill of Rights opened the door of opportunity for the nation's returning veterans. The Serviceman's Readjustment Act provided federal money for higher education and it also guaranteed low interest mortage loans to those veterans. American G.I.'s came home from war, went to college, married their high school sweetheart, bought a home, and started having families. As a result of these experiences two major transformations took place, the baby boom and the birth of the suburbs, one of the first was Levittown Long Island. Quaint little identical houses with backyards. The suburbs were far enough away from the urban jungle of the cities, but close enough for Dad to travel there everyday to work. Block parties, backyard cook-outs, slumber parties for the kids on the 'block' became very fashionable. Although the suburbs were recognized for the prosperity the G.I. Bill brought to many with the neatly manicured lawns, the construction of schools, roads, and parks it was at the expense of the cities. The 1950's and 60's saw much of the taxpayer dollars going to the suburbs which resulted in what became known as 'urban decay'. Inner city poverty grew just as fast as the prosperity of the suburbs.