The other night I drove down a side street in Lakewood, the most densely populated of Cleveland's decaying inner ring suburbs, and I saw ground zero of America 2004. Almost every other closely spaced yard bore a Bush/Cheney or Kerry/Edwards sign, each placed to glare silently at its opponent, without a soul in sight to demand, "How could you?" Cleveland's population is about half of what it was in 1950, so the streets have been empty for decades, but that only makes the ground zero metaphor more apt. In case you missed it in the vice presidential debate, the Census Bureau recently ranked my town the poorest large city in America,... More >>>