atlantic city

News, notes and commentary about the casino capital of the East, and the author’s hometown.

Like I’ve been saying…

As an Atlantic City native who wrote a book on the evolution of the casino resort, I’ve got some definite thoughts about the role of casinos in urban redevelopment. Now, a year and a half after the publication of Suburban Xanadu, some people in my hometown might be starting to see the light.

AC facelift

The Atlantic City Boardwalk used to be a tremendous showpiece for the city. The coming of casino resorts designed as insular, all-in-one destinations has translated into a steady decline for the boards. Now, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has a plan for its renewal.

Strike is over!

The rancorous monthlong strike that pitted Local 54 against7 Atlantic City casinos is over. Given that the new contract is five years, rather than the three wanted by the union, I’d say this was a victory for the casinos, though of course everyone lost with the disruption of the strike. From CBS via AP: The …

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Striking distance

I haven’t said much about the Local 54 strike in Atlantic City here, mostly because I’ve been giving you fun stories about hard-up Swedes and gambling Neopets. Today, I read a great article in the Philly Inquirer: It’s a good thing Borgata bosses inked a contract with casino workers last year. If they hadn’t, those …

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Striking in AC

With the union and casino management unable to reach a labor accord, casino workers in Atlantic City have gone on strike. From, of all places, the Toronto Star: Front-office executives served drinks, lawyers flipped hamburgers and accountants made beds today after about 10,000 union workers went on strike at seven of Atlantic City’s casinos. Cocktail …

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