NPR's Marketplace devoted this week's show to the economic troubles of Cleveland. Fresh off that bit o' depression, I read how Phoenix's light rail is a boon for partiers (hey, they're spending money at least.
Cleveland and Phoenix are like two sides of the same coin--sure, Cleveland's an older town and Phoenix is shockingly new, but they both have sprawl, and need more diversified economies.
But the other thing I thought typified the whole dichotomy was this song by Nanci Griffith, "Drive-In Movies and Dashboard Lights." Phoenix is the sunny sister everyone loves, and Cleveland is the plainer sis who is just waiting for her downfall. I have always loved the line "Heavy of thing and light on integrity."
Yeah, maybe I am pushing it.