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It seems like Elliot Lake has had the worst of luck lately. It had Uranium Mine closures once, a roof collapse at their mall, and now the residents are finding
deadly substances from their walls!? I swear, one day that town is going to be abandoned. Just another ruin in Ontario.
One of the things that hurts Elliot Lake is its position off Highway 17. If they had built the town further south (it was a planned community, much like Kapuskasing), it would probably be far more prosperous. Blind River, on the other hand, would probably be smaller.
I drove from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury last September. There were several ads along Hwy 17 directing travelers to satisfy their shopping needs at Algo Mall. It was almost in poor taste that the signs hadn't been taken down at that point.
It's the media companies that own the signs that do that. They will leave a sign up if no one rents the space for weeks, so we sometimes have advertisements up for things that happened 2 or 3 months ago in Thunder Bay. It's weird.