...may be the basis of the post-war economy.
If anyone of you have ever been to Seattle and visited the "underground," you learned that modern Seattle is literally built over former burned-down Seattle. In downtown Seattle, the old buildings are still there, with modern Seattle right above them.
Back in the day, circa late 1880s, Seattle burned to the ground. The only people with money to rebuild Seattle were the Madams. Apparently, Seattle had a lot of Madams back in the day because it was a rugged lumber town and men needed relief.
If it were not for the Madams loaning money to get Seattle rebuilt, Seattle might not be Seattle today.