What were reasonable goals defining having made it for middle class parents ?
* Being able to send children to the best schools
The problem is that in the decades since our parents generation the public school system has eroded so the best schools are private.
* A 2000+ Square foot home
It would cost at least $1.5 million to buy even a modest apartment nearby. 2000 square foot homes costs $2 to 3 million in New York.
In previous generations, the American dream was possible on one income.
The American Dream is discussed at wikipedia
Their can be an overtime comparison of purchasing power parity to achieve the American Dream.
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