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The Power of Citizen Participation in Community Life

   It is so important for citizens to take an active role in the affairs of their community.   American civic participation has been the energy that fuels the life of our country.  

   The Atlantic City Business and Community Association (ACBCA) is accomplishing a tremendous impact in a short amount of time.   The ACBCA is working hard to revive “The Avenue” (Atlantic Avenue from Michigan Avenue to the Inlet) as the heart of Atlantic City’s business community.   Proceeding from successful beautification efforts, public awareness, storefront renovations, and a trick-or-treat event

trick-or-treat(Photo credit – http://acbca.org/images/189_SDC10036.JPG)

the ACBCA is taking strides to rejuvenate city life on Atlantic Avenue.

   I will be sharing their developments with you as they occur.   You can listen to some ACBCA representatives on Pinky’s Corner Thursday, 18 December, from 4pm – 5pm on WOND 1400AM.   You can also listen online.

(Photo credit – http://media.pressofatlanticcity.com/smedia/2008/11/18/02/886-6369082.standalone.prod_affiliate.101.jpg)

   It is important for us to join ACBCA’s efforts.   The community, economic, and civic life of a city is the responsibility of an active citizenry.   Alexis de Tocqueville was amazed when he visited America and observed the resilience and rugged individualism of Americans.   The following quotation is taken from a wonderful study in the role of citizen participation in community development, from Ohio State University:

“Americans of all ages, all conditions, and dispositions constantly form associations…. The Americans make associations to give entertainment, to found seminaries, to build inns, to construct churches, to diffuse boots, to send missionaries…. I have often admired the extreme skill with which the inhabitants of the United States succeed in proposing a common object for the exertions of a great many men and inducing them voluntarily to pursue it. “

It is never too late to re-discover the social capital inherent in our town.   It takes some effort and self-education to re-discover our identity as Americans.   The ACBCA is one group re-activating the great treasure of free association and active community participation that leads to vibrant city living.   We wish them well.

For more information, contact Vivian Cheng at 212-203-8871(Vivian@acbca.org) or Minyee Ji at 609-412-9041(minyeeji@acbca.org).


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


One thought on “The Power of Citizen Participation in Community Life

  1. Thank you Jesse for those kind words. As long as we continue to get support from individuals like yourself I feel that we will have a bright future ahead of us.



    Posted by Minyee Ji | December 18, 2008, 7:08 pm

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