The famous Stardust hotel and casino was torn down today. I was fond of the place since this was the hotel I stayed at when I first visited Vegas in the mid nineties. During our most recent trip to Nevada last summer my wife and I made sure we stopped by to bid farewell to the place. Its history was deeply linked to that of the town. Illustrious artists performed there. If you’ve seen the movie Casino, the story was in large part inspired by events involving the ownership of the Stardust. Yet, despite its past, the Stardust still had to go to make room for a new 4+ billion resort. By comparison, when the famous Parisian concert hall L’Olympia was threatened by developers, there was a public outcry to save it. Oh well … nothing is forever and I’ll always have those wonderful memories.