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The Resource Boardwalk of dreams : Atlantic City and the fate of urban America, Bryant Simon

Boardwalk of dreams : Atlantic City and the fate of urban America, Bryant Simon

Label
Boardwalk of dreams : Atlantic City and the fate of urban America
Title
Boardwalk of dreams
Title remainder
Atlantic City and the fate of urban America
Statement of responsibility
Bryant Simon
Title variation
Atlantic City and the fate of urban America
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"During the first half of the twentieth century, Atlantic City was the nation's most popular middle-class resort--the home of the famed Boardwalk, the Miss America Pageant, and the board game Monopoly. By the late 1960s, it had become a symbol of urban decay and blight, compared by journalists to bombed-out Dresden and war-torn Beirut. Several decades and a dozen casinos later, Atlantic City is again one of America's most popular tourist spots, with thirty-five million visitors a year. Yet most stay for a mere six hours, and the highway has replaced the Boardwalk as the city's most important thoroughfare. Today the city doesn't have a single movie theater and its one supermarket is a virtual fortress protected by metal detectors and security guards. In this wide-ranging book, Bryant Simon does far more than tell a nostalgic tale of Atlantic City's rise, near death, and reincarnation. He turns the depiction of middle-class vacationers into a revealing discussion of the boundaries of public space in urban America. In the past, he argues, the public was never really about democracy, but about exclusion. During Atlantic City's heyday, African Americans were kept off the Boardwalk and away from the beaches. The overly boisterous or improperly dressed were kept out of theaters and hotel lobbies by uniformed ushers and police. The creation of Atlantic City as the "Nation's Playground" was dependent on keeping undesirables out of view unless they were pushing tourists down the Boardwalk on rickshaw-like rolling chairs or shimmying in smoky nightclubs. Desegregation overturned this racial balance in the mid-1960s, making the city's public spaces more open and democratic, too open and democratic for many middle-class Americans, who fled to suburbs and suburban-style resorts like Disneyworld. With the opening of the first casino in 1978, the urban balance once again shifted, creating twelve separate, heavily guarded, glittering casinos worlds walled off from the dilapidated houses, boarded-up businesses, and lots razed for redevelopment that never came. Tourists are deliberately kept away from the city's grim reality and its predominantly poor African American residents. Despite ten of thousands of buses and cars rolling into every day, gambling has not saved Atlantic City or returned it to its glory days."--Publisher's description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
EUF
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Simon, Bryant
Dewey number
974.985
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Atlantic City (N.J.)
  • Atlantic City (N.J.)
  • City and town life
  • Middle class
  • Atlantic City (N.J.)
  • Simon, Bryant
  • Simon, Bryant
  • City and town life
  • Middle class
  • Social conditions
  • New Jersey
Label
Boardwalk of dreams : Atlantic City and the fate of urban America, Bryant Simon
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2006" __ t.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Staging utopia on the Boardwalk -- The Midway -- Mapping Atlantic City -- The last picture shows -- Narrating decline and erasing race -- Rebuilding the crowd -- Life in the dying city -- Disneyland and the Devil's bargain -- Casino publics
Control code
ocm70189289
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Paperback ed.
Extent
xii, 285 pages
Isbn
9780195308099
Lccn
2004041479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)70189289
Label
Boardwalk of dreams : Atlantic City and the fate of urban America, Bryant Simon
Publication
Note
"First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2006" __ t.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Staging utopia on the Boardwalk -- The Midway -- Mapping Atlantic City -- The last picture shows -- Narrating decline and erasing race -- Rebuilding the crowd -- Life in the dying city -- Disneyland and the Devil's bargain -- Casino publics
Control code
ocm70189289
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Paperback ed.
Extent
xii, 285 pages
Isbn
9780195308099
Lccn
2004041479
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)70189289

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