AtlanticCityTripping.com features a reflection on Atlantic City’s thirty-year anniversary of casino gaming from Dr. Dave Schwartz:
Before you go further, you’ve got to work with me as I explain, then come to grips with, the universal Atlantic City inferiority complex. We are so used to everyone telling us that the place is a dump that we tend to circle the wagons and insist that it’s the greatest spot on earth, even when a fool can see that the city government is a joke and the place leaves a lot to be desired. When I first started doing what I do, I had the same knee-jerk reaction to any criticisms of Atlantic City, but I’ve come to see that the critics often have a point.
When I’m pointing out what I see as deficiencies here, it’s not in a mocking spirit – it’s more of an instructive one. I really want the city to get better. I just am becoming less optimistic that it will.
Still, you can have a lot of fun there, if you’re just willing to go with the flow. The gambling is gambling, but you can find a lot more there – there’s plenty of cool shops on the Walk. Seriously, if this place was on the Strip, people would be going nuts. If you’re going to spend the afternoon there, I suggest heading over to White House Subs at Mississippi and Arctic for lunch-or dinner. This is the real deal. If you’re at Harrah’s the Sack’o Subs is a permissible substitute. For dinner, don’t even think about the chain places in the Quarter: you’ve got to hit Tony’s Baltimore Grill, on Atlantic and Iowa Avenues (right behind the Trop’s garage). The service is usually awful, but the food is great, and the experience is one-of-a-kind.
Dr. Schwartz is not a fan of the eminent domain for private gain employed by Atlantic City City Council for Pinnacle Atlantic City.
Two views of the “big hole” Pinnacle AC CEO Kim Townshend is so proud of. See my blog entry for more. This is what $400 million buys you these days, apparently.
Dr. Schwartz has a great analogy for Atlantic City’s political and business climate:
A really, really, pathetically old guy singing off key, and hoping for money. Here’s my analogy for the city: you had this guy, then a little further down some guy banging drums, then past that a guy playing sax. If they pooled their resources, they’d be a kickass band (or not). But instead they just plug along by themselves and sound miserable.
Dr. Schwartz – in the typically cynic-laden manner of bloggers – makes an ironic observation of Trump Taj’s recent addition.
The new Chairman Towerand the old Taj, side by side. Notice the construction elevator still attached, 1 day before the rooms opened. It’s not a soft opening… it’s downright flaccid.
Here is a poignant observation concerning Harrah’s.
How Harrah’s AC uses its priceless water frontage: blank walls and loading docks!
All photographs are credited to
Dr. David Schwartz is an Atlantic City native, currently living in Las Vegas where he is the Director of the UNLV Center for Gaming Research. When not being interviewed by every media outlet in the known universe about matters relating to the gaming industry, Dr. Dave spends his time collecting photos of casino carpeting and a lot of time listening to Theolonius Monk (and Rush.) His fabulous blog is http://www.dieiscast.com