The next Detroit: The catastrophic collapse of Atlantic City
With the closure of almost half of Atlantic City's casinos, Newark set to vote on gambling and casinos or racinos in almost every state, it seems as if the reasons for the very existence of Atlantic City are in serious jeopardy. Israel Joffe Atlantic City, once a major vacation spot during the roaring 20s and 1930s, as seen on HBOs Boardwalk Empire, collapsed when cheap air fare became the norm and people had no reason to head to the many beach town resorts on the East Coast. Within a few decades, the city, known for being an ‘oasis of sin’ during the prohibition era, fell into serious decline and dilapidation. New Jersey officials felt the only way to bring Atlantic City back from the brink of disaster would be to legalize gambling. Atlantic City’s first casino, Resorts, first opened its doors in 1978. People stood shoulder to shoulder, packed into the hotel as gambling officially made its way to the East Coast. Folks in the East Coast didn't have to make a special trip all the way to Vegas in order to enjoy some craps, slots, roulette and more. As time wore on, Atlantic City became the premier gambling spots in the country. While detractors felt that the area still remained poor and dilapidated, officials were quick to point out that the casinos didn't bring the mass gentrification to Atlantic City as much as they hoped but the billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs for the surrounding communities was well worth it. Atlantic City developed a reputation as more of a short-stay ‘day-cation’ type of place, yet managed to stand firm against the 'adult playground' and 'entertainment capital of the world' Las Vegas. Through-out the 1980s, Atlantic City would become an integral part of American pop culture as a place for east coast residents to gamble, watch boxing, wrestling, concerts and other sporting events. However in the late 1980s, a landmark ruling considered Native-American reservations to be sovereign entities not bound by state law. It was the first potential threat to the iron grip Atlantic City and Vegas had on the gambling and entertainment industry. Huge 'mega casinos' were built on reservations that rivaled Atlantic City and Vegas. In turn, Vegas built even more impressive casinos. Atlantic City, in an attempt to make the city more appealing to the ‘big whale’ millionaire and billionaire gamblers, and in effort to move away from its ‘seedy’ reputation, built the luxurious Borgata casino in 2003. Harrah’s created a billion dollar extension and other casinos in the area went through serious renovations and re-branded themselves. It seemed as if the bite that the Native American casinos took out of AC and Vegas’ profits was negligible and that the dominance of those two cities in the world of gambling would remain unchallenged. Then Macau, formally a colony of Portugal, was handed back to the Chinese in 1999. The gambling industry there had been operated under a government-issued monopoly license by Stanley Ho's Sociedade de Turismo e Diversões de Macau. The monopoly was ended in 2002 and several casino owners from Las Vegas attempted to enter the market. Under the one country, two systems policy, the territory remained virtually unchanged aside from mega casinos popping up everywhere. All the rich ‘whales’ from the far east had no reason anymore to go to the United States to spend their money. Then came the biggest threat. As revenue from dog and horse racing tracks around the United States dried up, government officials needed a way to bring back jobs and revitalize the surrounding communities. Slot machines in race tracks started in Iowa in 1994 but took off in 2004 when Pennsylvania introduced ‘Racinos’ in an effort to reduce property taxes for the state and to help depressed areas bounce back. As of 2013, racinos were legal in ten states: Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia with more expected in 2015. Tracks like Delaware Park and West Virginia's Mountaineer Park, once considered places where local degenerates bet on broken-down nags in claiming races, are now among the wealthiest tracks around, with the best races. The famous Aqueduct race track in Queens, NY, once facing an uncertain future, now possesses the most profitable casino in the United States. From June 2012 to June 2013, Aqueduct matched a quarter of Atlantic City's total gaming revenue from its dozen casinos: $729.2 million compared with A.C.'s $2.9 billion. It has taken an estimated 15 percent hit on New Jersey casino revenue and climbing. And it isn't just Aqueduct that's taking business away from them. Atlantic City's closest major city, Philadelphia, only 35-40 minutes away, and one of the largest cities in America, now has a casino that has contributed heavily to the decline in gamers visiting the area. New Jersey is the third state in the U.S. to have authorized internet gambling. However, these online casinos are owned and controlled by Atlantic City casinos in an effort to boost profits in the face of fierce competition. California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Texas are hoping to join Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and the U.S. Virgin Islands in offering online gambling to their residents. With this in mind, it seems the very niche that Atlantic City once offered as a gambling and entertainment hub for east coast residents is heading toward the dustbin of history. Time will tell if this city will end up like Detroit. However, the fact that they are losing their biggest industry to major competition, much like Detroit did, with depressed housing, casinos bankrupting/closing and businesses fleeing , it all makes Atlantic City’s fate seem eerily similar.
If we get a new city, what kind of city (or cities) would you like to see the most?
A few ideas of mine: Orlando & Miami, Florida-inspired setting: tropical beaches, nightclubs, amusement parks (including a parody of Disneyworld where you can own the castle as a crib), Scarface-type mansions, spooky swamps full of alligators and crazy rednecks, etc. Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, etc.): large mountains, snow, ski lodges, vast forests, etc. Las Vegas (maybe with a bit of Arizona mixed in): sprawling casinos, neon lights, Ocean’s Eleven style heists, deserts and canyons, a mysterious and restricted government base in said desert, mobsters, prostitutes, celebrity impersonators, hotels that look like pirate ships and Egyptian pyramids, etc. New York/New Jersey: huge buildings covered in LED billboards, beach boardwalks with carnival rides and arcades, shady-looking apartment complexes full of killers and drug dealers, etc. Redesigns of Stilwater and Steelport: Honestly, I hope they don’t do this, but it could work. A multiple cities route like San Andreas with completely revamped versions of these two cities, and maybe a third new one, could be great. Not sure how I would expand Stilwater other than adding more areas of wilderness, a state faicarnival, and letting us explore sports stadiums (and maybe own Ultor Arena as a crib). With Steelport, I would make it the NY/NJ type setting described above. How about you guys?
May 28, Louisville, Iroquois Amphitheater May 29, Columbus, Ohio, Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre May 31, Atlanta, Coca-Cola Roxy June 01, Simpsonville, South Carolina, CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park Simpsonville June 02, Baltimore, MECU Pavilion June 04, Asbury Park, New Jersey, Stone Pony Summer Stage June 06, Boston, Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion June 07, New York, Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk June 08, Camden, New Jersey, BB&T Pavilion June 10, Pittsburgh, Stage AE – Outdoors June 11, Detroit, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill June 13, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Harrah's Council Bluffs - Stir Cove June 14, Chicago, Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 15, Minneapolis, The Armory June 18, Kansas City, Missouri, Starlight Theatre June 19, Denver, Fillmore Auditorium June 20, Salt Lake City, The Great Saltair June 22, Seattle, Marymoor June 23, Portland, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center June 25, San Francisco, The Masonic June 26, San Diego, Petco Park - Park at the Park June 28, Las Vegas, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas June 29, Los Angeles, Greek Theatre June 30, Phoenix, Nevada, Comerica Theatre July 02, Austin, Austin360 Amphitheater July 03, Irving, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory source: http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/02-12-19-coheed-cambria-mastodon-toyota-music-factory-irving/
VAXIS - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures Discussion Thread
IT'S HAPPENING!!! This here will act as a general discussion for the newly-announced album, VAXIS - Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures. Feel free to talk about the pre-order, the pics, theories, fanfiction, whatever. This isn't a megathread so y'all can still shitpost as you see fit on the rest of the sub, just keep it nice <3 Also I'll be working on re-skinning the sub (do people still look at this on desktop??) so feel free to toss out ideas because holy fuckshit there's a lot to pull from with this. Details Release Date: October 5 Pre-Order: Hyah Tracklist:
The Dark Sentencer
Queen Of The Dark
The Pavilion (A Long Way Back)
All On Fire
It Walks Among Us
And don't forget the guys are touring this summer with Taking Back Sunday, tour dates are below:
Jul. 06 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheater
Jul. 07 - Tampa, FL - Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jul. 08 - Jacksonville, FL - Daily's Place
Jul. 10 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
Jul. 11 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
Jul. 13 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
Jul. 14 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Jul. 15 - Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
Jul. 17 - Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jul. 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Jul. 19 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul. 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
UGH, CP24, a 24h news channel has a "psychic" on their show.
It disgusts me, espeically since they are discussing the Royal Wedding. They say she predicted the Japan hurricane and the death and issues with others. Well I went to her site (which I don't want to link to to give it hits) and here are her predictions for 2011: "World Predictions A terrorist attack in Toronto. A gold rush in Hawaii. President Obama has to be careful of parades. President Obama’s children in danger. Danger around President Obama. Syria at war with the United States, the new Iraq. More UFO sightings. The Thames River poisoned in a terrorist attack. Two planes over Washington DC, United States, collide and crash. Mine disaster Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Israel and Iran at war. A powerful quake rocks Chicago, Illinois. A roller coaster will go out of control at a theme park in the US injuring many. The world’s first brain transplant. A huge breakthrough in the cure for dementia and Alzheimer’s. A dense fog - the worst in fifty years - disrupts air travel and transportation woes in London, England A bionic eye will be invented by a French scientist. Hillary Clinton nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. A Japanese plane is hijacked on the way to Singapore from Tokyo, Japan. A disease around maple trees. A worm destroys the tea plant and plantations in Sri Lanka. A UFO in the shape of a horseshoe hovers over Roswell, New Mexico. A towering inferno in San Francisco. The world’s largest salmon will be caught in British Columbia. A Hollywood starlet will give birth to a dwarf. The area of Brentwood in Los Angeles on fire. North Korea and South Korea at war. The worst landslides in California history destroy thousands of homes. A Paris suburb on fire. An oil spill in the Persian Gulf. Terrorist attack in Manila in the Philippines. A biological attack on a US city. A cruise ship on fire destroying hundreds of lives. A space tragedy. An explosion at an American Airforce base. A terrorist attack at the Statue of Liberty in New York. A terrorist attack at Grand Central Station in New York. A bridge blows up in the United States. Two trains collide in southern England killing many. A blimp explodes in Germany. An explosion at an American Express office in Europe. A heist in Louisville, Kentucky. A horse and jockey pass away at the Kentucky Derby. A cruise ship turns upside down after an underwater earthquake under the Adriatic Sea. Danger and health woes Hillary Clinton. A prison riot New York. Prison breakout and riot San Quentin. A giant spider’s nest will be found in South America. Polar bears and penguins moving south due to global warming. Another oil spill in the Persian Gulf. Widespread damage when a meteorite hits two states in the southwestern United States. Bill Clinton has to watch his health Biological attack on the US and Britain. A world wide computer virus. Terrorist attacks in Germany, London, England, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. An avalanche in Italy. Sex scandal around a famous political person in Washington, DC, USA. A terrorist attack in Paris, France. Sarkozy in danger. A trampese artist will fall at a circus. A Turkish airliner is hijacked and blown up. The largest emerald in the world is found near Bogota, Columbia. A new species of octopus is found in the Mediterranean Sea. An arrest in the Jon Benet Ramsey case. Passing of Fidel Castro. An arrest in the Madeline McCann case. A gorilla escapes from a German zoo injuring many. A US naval ship is hijacked. A tsunami in Japan. The Empire State Building on fire. Earthquake in the Grand Canyon. Pandemic in Africa spreading worldwide. A huge earthquake in Japan. North Korea will attack Japan. A terrorist attack Los Angeles. Terrorist attack in Vancouver. Stock market up and down from one extreme to another. Government change in Indonesia. Uprising in Venezuela. Chavez in danger. The painting of the Mona Lisa will be stolen. A politician's children will be kidnapped. The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York will burn down. A terrorist attack on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. A plane will crash into the Hollywood sign in LA. Mount St. Helens will erupt. Earthquake in Seattle and Oregon. Parts of the polar ice cap will melt. Two subways will collide head on in New York City. Madam Tussard's wax museum in London, England will burn after a massive fire. Dick Cheney has to watch his health. A large American newspaper will go bankrupt. A new cat burglar in the South of France will rob the rich like in the movie 'To Catch A Thief'. Sir Richard Branson in danger. Life on other planets is stronger when new evidence is gathered. A pill that makes you younger within thirty days. Breakthroughs in the mystery of autism. A Las Vegas hotel and casino on fire. Star Predictions The movie The Black Swan will be nominated for an Oscar. Natalie Portman will be nominated for an Oscar. George Clooney will marry. A remake of the movie The Godfather. A remake of the movie Scarface. Loretta Lynn has to watch health A remake of the movie Jaws in 3D. The TV series Boardwalk Empire will win many Emmy awards. Lady Gaga will turn to acting as well as music. Katy Perry will be a mermaid in a music video. A remake of the movie Cleopatra. Queen Latifah will play in either on Broadway or TV, or a biography and I see her replacing someone on the View. Rosie O’Donnell makes a comeback. Pricilla Presley has to watch her health. Justin Beiber has to watch his health and danger. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening will split. Justin Beiber will win lots of awards. Health watch - Aretha Franklin. Health problems - Shirley Maclaine Health problems - Melanie Griffith. Paris Hilton kidnapped for ransom. Paul Anka divorce. Bristol Palin engagement, but be careful of skiing and driving. Former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss danger and health problems. Tiger Woods has to be careful of planes. Taylor Swift has to be careful of transportation – cars, planes, etc. Mel Gibson will move to Australia and has to watch health. Christine Agilera will pose for Playboy. Josh Brolin and Diane Lane will separate. Whoopi Goldberg will quit the View. Kim Kardashian baby and marriage. Nick Cage will split from wife. Alex Baldwin will run for politics. Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry will produce a blockbuster movie which will be a hit. Lady Gaga will appear in a Hollywood movie. Kate Goslin will remarry. Snookie from Jersey Shore has to watch for injury. There will be another TV series: 'Singing With The Stars'. A Hollywood hunk will save a child from drowning. Halley Berry will have another child. A movie starlet will have triplets. Betty White has to watch health although I see her receiving a lot of awards. Tippi Hendren in danger. A marriage for Angelina Jolie. A marriage for Jennifer Anniston and baby. A child for George Clooney. Howie Mandel has to watch health. A Hollywood starlet’s signifigant other has to be careful of their signifigant other on a motorcycle. Rachel McAdams will have her own sitcom. Madonna will open her own hotel. Donald Trump will be successful in politics. Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas has to watch her marriage. A Victoria secret model will be kidnapped for ransom. Ellen Page will be an advocate for the environment Hulk Hogan has to watch health Elizabeth Taylor health woes A famous comedian will run for politics Danny Glover has to watch health. Hugh Hefner has to watch health. A fire at the Playboy Mansion Kristy Alley has to watch health. Another Hollywood hunk will confess to being gay. The success of his reality series Gene Simmons - will produce a feature film based on his TV series With the success of 'Dancing With The Stars', dance studios will open all over the world. Dance clubs like the discos of the seventies and eighties will open up again Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will split. Wild Weather Predictions Category five hurricane wipes out Miami. The worst mudslides in California’s history will occur. Mount St. Helens erupting. Earthquake Seattle, Washington. Earthquake Chicago, Illinois. Part of the polar ice cap melts. Wildfires spread to Beverley Hills and Los Angeles, Brentwood. More tsunamis Sumatra Indonesia, Alaska, Hawaii and Japan. A great earthquake in Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Earthquake Lake Tahoe. Earthquake Toronto and Quebec. Earthquake Oregon. Earthquake Grand Canyon. Earthquake New York, Alaska, Japan, Greece. Earthquake British Columbia, China and Iran. Tornado in California. Floods Amsterdam, Holland, Rhine River, Germany, Bangladesh, Great Britain. Venice, Italy, Gulf Coast of Florida and France. Tsunami Malibu, California. Wildfires Greece, Australia, Texas, Hawaii. Mudslides in India, California. Typhoon in Taiwan. Tornadoes Oklahoma, Indiana, Texas, Illinois, Tennessee. Great earthquake Rome and Naples, Italy. Huge snowstorm and blizzards up the eastern seaboard affecting the great lakes – Toronto, Chicago, New York, Boston, etc. Earthquake Yosemite and Yellowstone Park. [continued in comments as it's too long] It's really fucking easy to say you are psychic when a few of your 200+ predictions comes true - that's just probability. It disgusts me that is on a news channel, promoting false claims and the validity of psychics. edit: added organizaton
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