The Atlantic City region is on the brink of a short-term economic disaster.
Atlantic City made history 36 years ago when it opened the first legal casinos in the United States outside Las Vegas.
Now it’s doing so again as casino employment – which for years exceeded the number of city residents – drops precipitously after a decade of steady decline.
The closing of three casinos, starting with Showboat and Revel this weekend followed by Trump Plaza two weeks later, and the rapid-fire loss of 5,700 jobs, draw historic comparisons to longer-term collapses of U.S. industries such as steel.
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