Posted Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:58 AM | Contributed by Crashmando
After more than 100 years, the Steel Pier will close at the end of the summer season. The pier is owned by Trump Entertainment and Resorts, and will make way for a mixed-use development including stores, restaurants and hotel rooms.
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Will this thing take over where Ocean 1 failed?
Ive lived about 20 minutes from AC my whole life and have never been to Steel Pier, I really dont think it will be missed much. Ever since the Borgata was built, AC has experienced a rebirth and really has changed in the last 5 years. Its still not Vegas, or even close, but its no longer the huge dump it was when I was growing up.
This stores idea though started in Vegas so it seems they are both copying each other. They are trying to cater to the rich and push out the lower income people.
Atlantic City is a weird place. The boardwalk is huge and if you look at the huge hotel and casino buildings, you can't help but be impressed. None of them approach what Vegas has on The Strip (except the Borgota and that is in the Marina District a few miles north of the boardwalk) but places like Tropicana and Trump's Taj Mahal are pretty nice. The thing is, if you venture two blocks from the boardwalk, you wander into awful slums filled with thrift stores and pawn shops during the day and drug dealers and prostitutes at night. The city has been greatly improved in recent years with a huge new convention center and various beautification and redevelopment projects but there is still a lot in AC that would be better off burned to the ground.
One of the problems is while Vegas took off in the past 15 years by offering shows, exhibits, upscale shopping and amusements, AC had nothing to offer except gambling and some lame food options. Tropicana's French Quarter and the Pier @ Caesars are steps in the right direction but entertainment options are still slim. While Steel Pier wasn't anything like what you could find at Wildwood, the fact that it offered something different was refreshing. Besides, what amusement park enthusiast could refuse a Ferris wheel over the ocean and a good Crazy Mouse?
Insignificant as this may seem, Atlantic City takes two steps forward and one step back. The loss of Steel Pier means one less entertainment option in a place where senior citizens are at home but everyone else is left wanting a little more.
Personally, I disagree, but Moreys in Wildwood and the family-friendly Ocean City is less than an hour away.*** This post was edited by Richie Reflux 8/23/2006 12:04:16 AM ***
Besides, it's my understanding they're going to put a casino in the middle of the Gettysburg battlefield. Maybe they could play roulette with blue and gray instead of red and black. That way they won't lose the history of the area.
Back to Mr. Trump, just wait till the real estate bubble bursts, which by many indications may be happening. There may not be that much demand for condos and Gucci boutiques in AC. At least Donald's hair is waterproof.
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