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Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America

Bryant Simon


During the first half of the 20th century, Atlantic City was the nation's most popular middle-class resort — the home of the famed Boardwalk, the Miss America Pageant, and the board game Monopoly. By the late 1960s, it had become a symbol of urban decay and blight. Several decades and a dozen casinos later, Atlantic City is again one of America's most popular tourist spots, with thirty-five million visitors a year. Yet most stay for a mere six hours, the city doesn't have a single movie theater and its one supermarket is a virtual fortress. This book uses the case of Atlantic City to discuss t ... More

Keywords: Atlantic City, urban decay, tourism, urban space, African Americans, gambling industry, exclusion, desegregation, boardwalk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167535
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167535.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryant Simon, author
University of Georgia
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