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Old Posted May 27, 2011, 6:47 PM
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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ | everything dies baby that's a fact

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Great pics! Helps an outsider like me understand the place a lot better.

Some of it reminded me of Reno. There's something sad about declining tourist/casino places trying to hold on to past glory.

Looks like AC has good bones but a few decades of bad luck.

I can't believe they let cars drive on the beach.
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Old Posted May 27, 2011, 7:32 PM
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Atlantic City is a basket case. Yet, I get a kick out of going there. Not for the gambling. The bizarre parade of people on the boardwalk is entertaining & accompanied by a sea breeze. Then try to get your mind around the streetscapes of an abandoned seaside resort behind a wall of cheap-glitz casinos. A weekend there is a weekend of "WTF?" even if you never enter a casino.

And you can always spend some time in nearby Ventnor or Margate if you need a break from the circus.
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Old Posted May 27, 2011, 7:37 PM
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Mhays - I don't think they allow driving on the beach in Atlantic City. Not on a regular basis anyway. I have never seen it.
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Cars are banned from all NJ beaches , only Emergency cars and private cars are allowed. I think AC should be demolished and rebuilt from scratch its a Jersey Shore Embrassment and casinos have done nothing to fix that.
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Good to hear...those tire tracks scared me.
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Nice tour thundertubs, good to see some more Jersey here. Despite what others think, I believe that AC has the amenities to become a cool casino town, they just got to do something about the extreme poverty that haunts a large portion of the city. Idk...well the state just took over so lets hope the future is brighter for AC...
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Nice tour thundertubs, good to see some more Jersey here. Despite what others think, I believe that AC has the amenities to become a cool casino town, they just got to do something about the extreme poverty that haunts a large portion of the city. Idk...well the state just took over so lets hope the future is brighter for AC...
I hope they can get AC straightened out. In the meantime, there are so many nice places on the shore nearby. Then have an outing in AC for the fun of it.

What do you mean by the state taking over?
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Nice tour. Looks more big-city than I thought, and gritty, as I expected.
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I really enjoyed seeing this thread TTubs. I used to go on vacation in Atlantic City as a kid before the casinos promised to revive the city. You could go see attractions like The Supremes at the pier off the boardwalk back in 1972. The town had been declining since the 20's or 30's but still had enough steam to chug along for decades on vacationing families from the northeastern US and Canada. That Tony's Baltimore Grill was a great pizza place back then. I'm glad it's still around.
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I hope they can get AC straightened out. In the meantime, there are so many nice places on the shore nearby. Then have an outing in AC for the fun of it.

What do you mean by the state taking over?
this article should sum it up. They not so much took the city but much of the planning and zoning within the downtown.

http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=5382
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^Thanks. Interesting article & hope the action makes a positive difference.

Somehow the article lead to news about the Revel Casino, which looks impressive. I cannot find any sign of it in these pics.

There are so many cool old buildings in Atlantic City. Wish they could find a way to restore it. I feel the same about Asbury Park.

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excellent tour! I don't recall ever seeing shots of Atlantic City.
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Accolades for this thread. Personally, I haven't been to Atlantic City for sometime. You covered a lot of the areas people don't normally see when in Atlantic City or on the media or net coverage, since most know the waterfront where the Casinos sit, including many people I know. you on a roll~~~
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Awesome thread! I visited over 10 years ago, and again last year - it really deteriorated a lot in such a short time span. Seems full of potential, and the infrastructure seems pretty nice.. Some of the half abandoned streets have nice new pavement.
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Nice pictures. A little too much grit for my taste, knowing that there's a beach and boardwalk with some glitz and glamor along it.

On the note of the resulting discussion, the tire tracks are from tractors smoothing out the little hills in the sand.
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Great photos! I've only been to AC twice, once with a catering company that was hosting a party on a pier on the north end of the Boardwalk, where they're building the Revel, and once last year when I was visiting a friend in Atlantic County. I had a chance to walk along the Boardwalk for the first time before I took the bus home, and took a lot of pictures that I might post someday.

What I saw is what everyone says, it is the heart of cheesiness! But, it was interesting in its way. Those hyper-cheesy locations in this country, like Times Square, Vegas Strip, Hollywood Blvd., and AC Boardwalk are fascinating to experience at first...even if you would never want to live amongst them. And, AC does have a big city feel...it may have the most disproportionate skyline in the country, because it's only a city of 40,000 people in a micropolitan area of only a few hundred thousand year round residents.

It seems it can never really turn around, as this thread shows. No matter what they do, it's still poor (doesn't even have a supermarket). It shows that gambling only goes so far in revitalizing an area.
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I think AC should be demolished and rebuilt from scratch its a Jersey Shore Embrassment and casinos have done nothing to fix that.
christ. let me guess -- it should be more like cape may or ocean city or seaside? atlantic city may have its problems and its seedy pasts, but i'm so glad it's there. like it or not, it's part of jersey's legacy, just like newark and the oranges and trenton.

i love AC, and it's nice to see tubs' take on it. that greasy little town has a place etched on my soul.
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christ. let me guess -- it should be more like cape may or ocean city or seaside? atlantic city may have its problems and its seedy pasts, but i'm so glad it's there. like it or not, it's part of jersey's legacy, just like newark and the oranges and trenton.

i love AC, and it's nice to see tubs' take on it. that greasy little town has a place etched on my soul.
But, what is it with New Jersey? Why can't the state have halfway decent cities? Why do all the cities of New Jersey have to be so depressed?
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But, what is it with New Jersey? Why can't the state have halfway decent cities? Why do all the cities of New Jersey have to be so depressed?
I'm sure there are other reasons but what comes to mind is that we are a suburban state and the majority of our middle and upper class chose's suburbs over cities. Even those who do want city living can go to either NYC or Philly with the exception of Jersey City and Hoboken. Another reason that comes to mind is the white flight that happened in the 60's. Newark, Trenton and Plainfield are all an example of urban decay that comes for race riots, unfortunatly they never truly rebounded since then.
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