Monopoly evicting Boardwalk, Atlantic City fights back

You know Atlantic City has an image problem when Hasbro is taking suggestions on how to replace high-rent property “Boardwalk,” in its Monopoly game, via an online poll. Sure, it’s only a special edition “Here & Now” version, but doesn’t that in itself suggest A.C. isn’t the prime draw it was at the turn of the last century? The Borgata Casino aside, anyone who has been to A.C. is sure to have noticed that the place is looking pretty tattered. The beachside gambling strip is surrounded by pawn shops and desperate-looking A.C. residents and the casinos themselves are clogged with cigarette smoke and white sneakered, sweatshirt-wearing day-trippers. Not to mention that the city’s slogan—"Always Turned On"—evokes a bus station pervert, not a glamorous, up-all-night party town. Getting kicked off the Monopoly board might be A.C.’s rock bottom, but with a lot of hard work, it might just claw its way back to the status of say, Baltic Avenue.

—Posted by Deanna Zammit