New PDF release: Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban

By Bryant Simon

ISBN-10: 0195167538

ISBN-13: 9780195167535

ISBN-10: 0195308093

ISBN-13: 9780195308099

throughout the first half the 20th century, Atlantic urban used to be the nation's hottest middle-class resort--the domestic of the famed Boardwalk, the leave out the US competition, and the board video game Monopoly. via the overdue Sixties, it had develop into an emblem of city decay and blight, in comparison via newshounds to bombed-out Dresden and war-torn Beirut. a number of a long time and a dozen casinos later, Atlantic urban is back one in every of America's most well liked vacationer spots, with thirty-five million viewers a yr. but so much remain for an insignificant six hours, and the street has changed the Boardwalk because the city's most crucial thoroughfare. at the present time the town does not have a unmarried movie show and its one grocery store is a digital citadel secure via steel detectors and safeguard guards.
In this wide-ranging ebook, Bryant Simon does excess of inform a nostalgic story of Atlantic City's upward push, close to demise, and reincarnation. He turns the depiction of middle-class tourists right into a revealing dialogue of the bounds of public area in city the United States. some time past, he argues, the general public used to be by no means relatively approximately democracy, yet approximately exclusion. in the course of Atlantic City's heyday, African american citizens have been saved off the Boardwalk and clear of the shorelines. The overly boisterous or improperly dressed have been stored out of theaters and lodge lobbies by way of uniformed ushers and police. The construction of Atlantic urban because the "Nation's Playground" was once depending on holding undesirables out of view until they have been pushing travelers down the Boardwalk on rickshaw-like rolling chairs or shimmying in smoky nightclubs.
Desegregation overturned this racial stability within the mid-1960s, making the city's public areas extra open and democratic, too open and democratic for lots of middle-class american citizens, who fled to suburbs and suburban-style motels like Disneyworld. With the hole of the 1st on line casino in 1978, the city stability once more shifted, developing twelve separate, seriously guarded, glittering casinos worlds walled off from the dilapidated homes, boarded-up companies, and plenty razed for redevelopment that by no means got here. travelers are intentionally avoided the city's grim fact and its predominantly negative African American citizens. regardless of ten of hundreds of thousands of buses and vehicles rolling into on a daily basis, playing has now not stored Atlantic urban or again it to its glory days.
Simon's relocating narrative of Atlantic City's earlier issues to the troubling destiny of city the USA and the nation's cultural trajectory within the 20th century, with wide implications for these attracted to city experiences, sociology, making plans, structure, and history.

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