Atomurbia: The Most Spaced Out Neighborhood In America

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In 1947, Life magazine published an article on how to atomic bomb-proof America: by spreading the entire population across the nation checkerboard style and burying all industry underground. The cost in 2010 money? $5 trillion. [via Ptak Science Books]

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A query: is checkerboard-style thermonuclear war winnable or unwinnable?