100xOdds
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May 31st, 2013 at 6:42:25 AM permalink
decades after gambling was approved, AC is still a mess of urban decay.

Billions in casino revenue but little has trickled down to the community.

Anyone know why?
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May 31st, 2013 at 7:28:29 AM permalink
Quote: 100xOdds

decades after gambling was approved, AC is still a mess of urban decay.

Billions in casino revenue but little has trickled down to the community.

Anyone know why?



Corruption at the local and state levels;

Organized crime;

Lack of political will.

See: "The Boardwalk Jungle" by Ovid Demaris.
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May 31st, 2013 at 7:50:47 AM permalink
There has been plenty of improvement, but it's too limited. And the unimproved areas aren't merely a couple notches lower class then the improved areas. It's night and day. Nice tourist areas and slums. No middle.
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May 31st, 2013 at 10:24:51 AM permalink
Maybe it's just because I'm a tourist, but I've never seen any parts of AC that would make me feel unsafe.

But, I guess, my "home" casino is in a ghetto across the street from a prison, so maybe my standards are warped, too.
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May 31st, 2013 at 10:32:14 AM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

Maybe it's just because I'm a tourist, but I've never seen any parts of AC that would make me feel unsafe.

But, I guess, my "home" casino is in a ghetto across the street from a prison, so maybe my standards are warped, too.



I would think so. All the casinos in STL on the Missouri side are in reasonably non-ghetto locations. And my g/f and I aren't big fans of even walking one block to Ellis Island at night. *shrug*
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May 31st, 2013 at 11:13:13 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

It's night and day. Nice tourist areas and slums. No middle.



This is how the entire country is going to be in 20 years. The rich have decided to kill the middle class. We are heading backwards through time toward feudalism.
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May 31st, 2013 at 1:51:41 PM permalink
Quote: sodawater

This is how the entire country is going to be in 20 years. The rich have decided to kill the middle class. We are heading backwards through time toward feudalism.



Yea, its the middle class that is making AC so dangerous in the Stanley Holmes area of AC.

Actually most people I know are mid middle class and are doing fine. I think the country as a whole shows that. America is still filled with opportunity for those who pick themselves up and find it when life changing events happen.

As for AC again, I agree with the corruption as at one point 6 mayors in a row ended up in jail.
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May 31st, 2013 at 2:01:41 PM permalink
The purpose of casino money is to revitalize the State politicians, not the city or the city politicians.
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May 31st, 2013 at 2:47:19 PM permalink
Quote: FleaStiff

The purpose of casino money is to revitalize the State politicians, not the city or the city politicians.

The casino executives haven't come out of it too badly, either. Except for that guy who owned the Trop and the three Trump executives killed in a big helicopter crash.
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May 31st, 2013 at 7:24:27 PM permalink
Perhaps my memory is failing, but isn't it true that most northeastern cities are like this? The rich in one area and the so called "middle class" living in what we in the south consider "low income" or gettos. Maybe I should include Chicago and Detroit in this example. Big cities, lots of crime and stench in the air. Atlanta and Orlando and Tampa and Charlotte, however, have a flourishing "middle class" with nice large homes and clean air.

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