Saturday, September 6, 2014

Trump Plaza - Atlantic City Beach

What's happening in Atlantic City is sad to watch. In the early 1900s this was a popular family-friendly summer resort for people along the NE corridor. By the mid-1900s those summer vacationers found other places to go and Atlantic City was dying a slow death. In the 1970s Atlantic City reincarnated itself by converting the oceanfront resorts to casinos, extending its life for a while. But now the casinos are dying, unable to compete with new casinos that are popping up elsewhere in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area, that are closer and easier to get to.

Three Atlantic City casinos closed already this year - The Atlantic Club closed in January. The Showboat and the 2-year old Revel both closed a few days ago, right after the Labor Day weekend.

The hotel/casino at the far right of this photo, Trump Plaza, is closing later this month. I had the opportunity to spend a couple of long weekends at Trump Plaza over the past 2 years, including the July 4th weekend this year. On the news yesterday there was a report that the Trump Taj Mahal casino has notified state authorities that it may also close soon. It's estimated that somewhere between 7,000 - 8,000 permanent jobs will have been lost in Atlantic City this year.

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