Is There Hope For Atlantic City? - My9 New Jersey

Is There Hope For Atlantic City?

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Atlantic City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - John Paxton, a professor at Rutgers University, grew up watching his hometown of Atlantic City slowly die over the years. Paxton created a web series called Atlantic City Chronicles based on his experience in his own backyard. The web series has become a hit, and has actually caught the eye of some very high level producers who want to bring his web series to television.

“Kids are in areas that are just rough, but they could look across the water, and its beauty,” Paxton said of his neighborhood that is just a few blocks away from the Rebel Casino boardwalk.

Paxton grew up in what he calls “the crack era”. He first started writing his chronicles after a set of row houses filled with drug addicts next door to his home, burnt down. Ironically, while parts of Atlantic City are filled with decrepit houses in the area, just a few blocks away stand million dollar homes.

Paxton also feels that casino jobs do not benefit the residents of Atlantic City. He thinks these jobs are filled with out-of-towners, many of who hail from the nearby city of Philadelphia. The casinos bring in billions of dollars a year, and yet none of that income trickles down to help the neighborhood.

The new mayor in town, bow-tie wearing Republican Don Guardian, hopes to change this boardwalk empire into the thriving industry that it once was. Many people are optimistic because his presence in town is much different from the former Democrats who have previously run the city.

Guardian has lived in Atlantic City for 25 years, and there was always talk of him running for election. He has finally stepped up to the plate, and is ready to give it a go.

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