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13 Steps for Atlantic City in 2013

13 Atlantic City Steps for 2013:
An Atlantic City Manifesto

By Jesse O. Kurtz

I – Traffic Flow: synchronize lights using existing technology, phase-in more sensors to override algorithms adapting to the actual traffic at a given time, and make the case for the purchase of a new state-of-the art traffic flow system

II – Smart Crime Technology: upgrade police technology and draw more on best practices from police forces in New York City, East Orange, and elsewhere

III – Bold Budget Targets: pick an aggressive budget target and do what it takes to get there.   Taxpayers are long overdue for tax reduction

IIII – Re-Pave Streets: the deplorable condition of our major streets is outrageous.   Start with Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, Baltic, and Fairmount this year and then move to the cross-streets next year

V – Treasure our History: Bader Field is the first “Airport” in the world.   We should be proud of our history and designate a permanent museum, exhibit, and/or marker to acknowledge this first in aviation and Atlantic City history

VI – Neighborhood Pride: establish neighborhood specific clean-ups, block parties, an adopt-a-storm-drain program, and place tables with built-in chess boards

VII – Clean-Up the City: stronger enforcement of existing laws (the code) would give a “face-life” to both our residential and tourist sections of town

VIII – Improve Rehabilitation Efforts: there are too many rehabilitation centers within too small of a geographic area.   Many rehabilitation centers are located in rural settings to remove the “near occasion of sin” for people genuinely striving to overcome difficult addictions.   Ministries like the Rescue Mission should begin the transition from permanent locations to intake centers that then move those in treatment to a more appropriate environment

VIIII – Urban Renewal: establish an urban renewal theme for the neighborhoods of Chelsea, Lower Chelsea, and Chelsea Heights, viz. the North Beach effort in Ventnor

X – Re-Build Kingston Avenue Playground: it appears that every playground in the city has recently been re-built except for Kingston Avenue Playground.   Stop forgetting about Kingston and the people who use that park.

XI – Re-Develop the Albany Avenue Entrance Corridor: the empty and vacant properties are increasing and include: the old Ruffu Ford, Home Run Tavern, Gormley Funeral Home, Salvation Army, and gas station adjacent the monument.   What type of message does that send to our visitors?  And, residents for that matter!

XII – Shared Services: explore reducing costs and optimizing public services by sharing them with the county and other municipalities, e.g. Weights and Measures and Tax Assessment

XIII – Privatize Services: – explore reducing costs and optimizing public services by privatizing them where appropriate, e.g. tax collection

(This post was originally written for the January 2013 Chelsea Neighborhood Association newsletter.)

(Image source – http://constructionlawva.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/New-Year-2013.jpg)

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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.

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