Today in Elgin, IL, drove my red truck, and walked across the park to the Fox River to photograph the casino and seek a kayalk launch spot. The casino boat is impressive--frankly, the only impressive thing in a downtown that has fallen on blight, vacancy and homelessness. Yet, as in the photo, a couple of huge new condo complexes have risen from the ashes. They came up just prior to the real estate nosedive, and many units recently sold at foreclosure auction. Anyone wanting a deal on a posh condo in a 1/2 filled building located across from the neon lights of the casino, which attracts gambling addicts and whores like a yellow light beckoning summer moths, consider Elgin, IL.