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  •  I can speak to AC casinos because I have spent (7+ / 0-)

    a lot of time in them.

    This is not to defend The Rock but AC was never sustainable with that many casinos.

    There's way too much competition from Pennsylvania and other places. PA actually takes in more casino revenue than New Jersey and has for a few years. AC can't sustain something like 10 casinos given the competition and they stupidly kept building more like the multibillion $$ Revel which is about to go out of business as well.

    It sucks that they got tax breaks and are closing, but there's basically nothing that could be done to save every AC casino.

    AC should have invested in things other than casinos and the casinos shouldn't have siphoned off so much $$ and invested more in the community.

    It's a shame unfortunately nothing is really going to save those jobs.

    When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

    by PhillyJeff on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 07:45:05 PM PDT

    •  I think we'll see more of this (5+ / 0-)
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      fenway49, Gooserock, Just Bob, salmo, Mostel26

      As more states allow casinos (Ohio now has 3 or 4) I suspect that they're siphoning customers from each other.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 07:56:58 PM PDT

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      •  Casinos, Malls, Houses. (6+ / 0-)

        The 80% are declining so investing has to be based on short to middle term stealing consumers from some other brand or sector followed by a bust. Get your incentives from the state, build your properties, get people in the door and sell before the balloon busts.

        We need more tax breaks for the rich so they have more money to gamble. They're getting bored.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 08:34:26 PM PDT

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        •  People generally end up gambling close to where (0+ / 0-)

          they live. AC was a big draw because it was the only gambling spot on the East Coast but those days have long gone.

          The bigger story IMO is the failure of AC locally and NJ in general to invest in the community.

          Go 2 blocks off the boardwalk and AC is very dangerous. The boardwalk and certain casinos are dangerous as well. The city is extremely poor and there are run down buildings everywhere.

          They build some outlets, but the beaches aren't great and there's really not much to do besides gamble and go home.

          It's really sad they never invested in the community. It's actually not easy to get good casino jobs, so most people in the community didn't have much opportunity even when the casinos were doing well.

          When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

          by PhillyJeff on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 05:11:17 PM PDT

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