Archinect - News 2016-09-30T12:55:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149961829/donald-trump-usher-of-america-s-postindustrial-urban-blight Donald Trump, usher of America's postindustrial urban blight Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-05T18:10:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T00:33:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yx1q6e2hpwcvmwca.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Casinos like the Taj Mahal have destroyed Atlantic City&rsquo;s public space. Gambling&rsquo;s arrival replaced the outward-looking hotels, shops, and promenades of the mid-century boardwalk with clusters of dark, labyrinthine resorts, set back from the street and enclosed behind monitored security gates. [...] Atlantic City&rsquo;s model of a plush, self-contained casino abutting a ruined neighborhood has become a synecdoche for the last forty years of American urban development.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To dissect the urban effects of Trump's Atlantic City casino, Sam Wetherall traces the city's history as a booming resort town through the early 20th century, and into its current economic crisis:</p><p><em>In 2014 alone, casino closures cost Atlantic City more than ten thousand jobs, a staggering figure for a city with a population under forty thousand. Atlantic City&rsquo;s unemployment rate sits at almost 14 percent, and it suffers from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/business/real-estate/atlantic-city-area-tops-list-foreclosures-n555791" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">highest home foreclosure rates</a>&nbsp;in the country.</em></p><p><em>Donald Trump may herald a radical new force in American politics, but his background illuminates trends that have been unfolding in American cities for more than fifty years. As deindustrialization hollowed out cities&rsquo; economies, many have responded by wrapping their public spaces in glittering property developments and legalizing gambling to survive.</em></p><p>Atlantic City provides a potent, and foreboding, example of the kind of urbanity that Trump's business agenda has wrought:</p><p><em>While the media has dissected the failures of...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135729371/moscow-russia-voted-world-s-unfriendliest-city-by-travelers Moscow, Russia voted world's unfriendliest city by travelers Julia Ingalls 2015-09-02T14:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-02T14:33:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aavsq7ai6zwtc59s.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We suspect the city&rsquo;s notoriously bad traffic and general &ldquo;aloofness&rdquo; of the people contributed to its low ranking, as well as its culinary scene, which was also ranked dead last in this year&rsquo;s poll.</p></em><br /><br /><p>When Travel + Leisure compiled a survey of the places its readers love to visit, it also collected data on the 30 locales they loathe. While Moscow, Russia tops the list of the world's unfriendliest cities, a significant number of the top 10 are located in the United States (including <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/19263/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12384/new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103168530/philadelphia-let-s-talk-about-frank-gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philadelphia</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/201336/baltimore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baltimore</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/29854/las-vegas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Las Vegas</a> and the world's #2 unfriendliest burg,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60372274/atlantic-city-boardwalk-collapse-as-hurricane-sandy-slams-coast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic City</a>).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g8/g8ogm66q9mequt1h.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60372274/atlantic-city-boardwalk-collapse-as-hurricane-sandy-slams-coast Atlantic City boardwalk collapse as Hurricane Sandy slams coast Archinect 2012-10-30T13:19:00-04:00 >2012-10-30T13:21:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca8723a5e9d7d3d6cd6c802e0057f62.jpg" width="200" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to police, the famed boardwalk's north end is collapsing.This is happening while wave heights 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey are likely to hit 30 feet or more.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>