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Boardwalk of DreamsAtlantic City and the Fate of Urban America$
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Bryant Simon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195167535

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167535.001.0001

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Life in the Dying City

Life in the Dying City

(p.153) 7 Life in the Dying City
Boardwalk of Dreams

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White families and African Americans started to leave Atlantic City beginning in the late 1960s. Businesses followed their customers. Local bankers and business leaders continued in the 1970s to look for ways to boost the city's struggling economy, ignoring the burgeoning gay tourist sector and the city's growing Puerto Rican and black neighborhoods. Instead, like their counterparts in other deindustrialized cities, they looked for ways to bring middle-class families back to town, not to live, but to visit.

Keywords:   White families, African Americans, South Inlet, Puerto Ricans, gay tourism

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