Friday, November 11, 2011

How do we feel about Revel?

So...a new casino is coming to Atlantic City this spring. My boyfriend asked me at lunch today what I knew about Revel, and I admitted the truth: not much.

This is bad on my part. I should know more about it. I should be trying to write about it.

But I have casino/Atlantic City/tourism district/falling casino revenue/bankruptcy/foreclosure fatigue. I don't agree with what the state of New Jersey is doing in Atlantic City. I think it will lead to a net sum zero, and it does absolutely nothing to better the living situation of the residents of Atlantic City. If you want to hear a beautiful song and dance of PR spin, listen to what new CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri has to say when asked about what he plans to do for the people who LIVE in Atlantic City in this radio report.

And now I'm supposed to believe that Revel is some kind of savior? They already axed one tower off the plans (though they say that the second tower will be added eventually). And the events leading up to the construction themselves are a tragedy (construction execs died in a plan crash in 2008).

So right now, I'm one big meh. The boyfriend, for the record, would like to know about the poker rooms. I don't gamble, so I don't know.

I have seen some excitement, though, mostly among young 20 and 30-something Philadelphians who go to Atlantic City often. I'm kind of interested to see what the amenities will be (spas, mostly, since the only place I seem to take the time for stuff like that is when I'm in AC). So maybe I'm looking in the wrong place.

What do you think?

Also, if you're looking for a job, they have plenty of openings.

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