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The boardwalk really needs to change its image.....

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The boardwalk really needs to change its image.....

As much as my husband and I enjoyed ourselves on our last visit to AC (June 21st) one of the things I continue to notice is how sad that boardwalk really is. With the addition of the new Ceasars Mall it has really added a pleasant atmosphere to the area, but many of the shops and eateries are just horrible. Some of the "junk" that is sold in these stores are terrible. Thank goodness for the new outlets, some of the better boutique shops and the again the new mall and better dining choices in and around the boardwalk. I understand many of the people that own these not so desirable shops are just trying to make a buck, but if AC really wants to change its image, it has to make that boardwalk a lot more attractive. Some of us can't afford those high end stores. When we my husband and I stopped for drinks at the restaurant EVO, we almost forgot we were in AC. The place is that nice. The same goes for the Quarter at Tropicana. Come in from the street side of AC and walk into this hotel, and you never want to leave. I look foward to the day, when I can stroll that boardwalk and feel like I am in a tropical resort, only an hours drive away from home. I know its coming! Otherwise AC is still a cool place to visit.

Just my personal thoughts on the boardwalk!!

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1. Re: The boardwalk really needs to change its image.....

We just got back from a couple days in AC last week and I agree totally that there's so much potential there that remains unrealized. I mean you're talking OCEANFRONT, which Vegas probably wishes it had. Why someone doesn't "clean" it up and make it a really nice destination for the gaming/vacationing adult I'll never know- someone on the forum probably knows. If they want it to be a gambling mecca then get going; maybe it's happening, just very slowly. We still enjoy visiting, but bicycling past the empty lots and falling down buildings on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other just makes you shake your head.

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Yes it is happening on the Boardwalk.If you visit regularly you would have noticed some of the changes that are going on the past few years.Will not explain since it seems you all just find the Negatives and never mention ANY positives.Still Love A/C!!!

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3. Re: The boardwalk really needs to change its image.....

I do like AC, and we always enjoy ourselves when we go. Had you read POSITIVE reviews that I have written here, you would know that.

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We always enjoy our trips to the casinos in AC. In fact my wife and I both agreed during our last trip that we enjoyed the decidedly "un-Vegaslike" atmosphere of AC; much more comfortable and laid-back than that other gambling place out west. Coming from New England however, where you never see a vacant or "run-down" ocean front lot, it's amazing to bicycle north of the Showboat and see what could be. Oh, and constructive criticism is not a bad thing. Louise, you are right on :)

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Hate to hog a post, but I just read the great thread started by allure last week, about how AC just isn't as great as it could be. Everyone made excellent points, and just having been last week I saw just what they were talking about: tight machines, nowhere to eat after midnight, not much mid-week entertainment- even in summer, and the potential all around you for something better. Let's hope.

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finjazz

I will vacationing in Vegas thanksgiving week, and I am really looking forward to it. I have not been there in more than 20 years, so I hear I am in for a treat. Can you imagine if Vegas did have oceanfront what the prices would be like??

AC is a goldmine, and I am sure more good things are sure to come. Pretty soon it will be a oceanfront gambling/entertainment hotspot like Miami without the casinos.

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The problem is that the boardwalk properties are being 'warehoused' until they can be sold for big bucks to hotel or casino developers . This is why they rent them on a short lease to whoever will take them and not want to invest much capital . Things like 99 cent souviner stands and Palm readers . INHO it would be better if some smaller properties like The Quarter could be on the BW between the casinos . But this won't happen unless the state buys the properties and sets limits on their use . It seems many casino developers are hesitant to start building in AC right now because of the problems of Racino Developement in PA , the drug/gang/ crime problems from inner city AC , and the limited road access to AC , and taxes . The AC BW facelift is causing as many problems as it solves . It makes the front of the BW cheap shops look better . But on the down side it is overpriced , temorary, and keeps the same cheap shops .

Rents at the Quarter and Pier are enormous and hinder competition . There needs to be a limit on buildings over 60 feet tall in many parts of AC . Otherwise it will be Times Square with gambling .

I agree with louise ( PS We were down the 21/22 of June , going back on the 5th of July ) . It would be so nice to have a true resort feel on The BW . There are plenty of Amusement Park Atmosphere places along the NJ coast like Seaside and Point Pleasant . But the problem is as long as you make cheap buses that come to the beach from Philly and NY , and as long as you have a neaby inner city ghetto , you are going to have less than a tropical island experience . ( I see Disney Cruises have made an amusement park atmosphere in Key West by docking their Disney Cruise Liners there . They now ' dictate ' to the local government there .)

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We'll leave the cheap buses comment slide(their money spends just as good as your and probally spends more often)!!!

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PS , I JUST heard from a shop owner on The BW that a problem he has with the new face lift is that it makes the cheap shops look as good as the better shops . People go into one or two of the shops and judge the rest by that experience . Now people are thinking that maybe that what they buy at his store isn't going to be quality , although it IS !

Also he spent 1000,s of his OWN earned money fixing up his place .

BTW anyone here anything about what is going to happen to the old Sabatini's place ? My wife treated me to dinner for my birthday there many years ago before the casinos a few years before we were married . ( Back in 71 or 72 ? )

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I think the biggest concern right now should be safety- people won't choose AC unless they're sure they can vacation somewhere relatively safe, especially gamblers carrying money. As someone else said in a thread, if the casinos would just focus just a little more on the Pacific Ave side of their businesses as they do the BW side, it would do alot toward the feeling of safety for tourists.

We were there last week and the frequent presence of police cruisers made us feel pretty good about walking the block or two beyond the BW (of course why the need for all that police in those areas in the first place...?)

You get the impression that the casinos in AC are happy making the money they're making and as long as it keeps up they'll be happy- buffets cost twice as much as Vegas, the comps as well as slot payouts aren't nearly as good as in Vegas. But people still come and they(the casinos) still turn a nice profit so why improve, expand, or offer any more services. (or maybe AC(the city) really doesn't feel the need to enhance/improve/expand services like Las Vegas does to bring in tourist dollars). It could definitely be a better

place to gamble with a little tweak here and there, and without becoming the nightmare that Vegas can sometimes be.

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