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Atlantic City’s homeless – revisited

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Here’s a slideshow of the pictures for Atlantic City’s homeless.

Here’s an example of some of the photos:

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Written by Susan Lulgjuraj

March 24, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Why Atlantic City? And, where is the fun?

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Atlantic City is a shithole. There’s no easy way to say it. Yet, everyday thousands of people come in and out of the city to gamble, shop and eat.

I am one of these people. I love Atlantic City. I play poker at night while talking to people I wouldn’t normally meet. Enjoying myself and winning money has a way of making me forget about what goes on outside of the casinos.

The crime rate is bad. The government is corrupt. Everyday The Press of Atlantic City has a new story about something negative of Atlantic City.

And, still we keep coming back.

I chose to take pictures of what is outside of the casinos because I want people to remember there are still people who live here.

I drove through Atlantic City one night (chaperoned) and looked for places that were downtrodden. It was difficult. The first place I visited was the where the last supermarket was in Atlantic City. The IGA. I laughed when I took this picture because the supermarket closed in 2006, but there is a sign on front saying ‘Coming Soon.’

It’s not coming. In fact, another supermarket may never come for a year or more.

However, this wasn’t the first photo I chose to show. I went with the beach. I went with serene and calm first because that’s what people want to see and think about when they and that’s when I led into the rest of the photos. Every other photo depicts something run down, and often, with something that gives a positive image.

Think about the photo with the Irish Pub. There is a closed, boarded building next door and the rest of the block looks the same. One good and one bad, but which way is that block headed. Sadly, the rest of the block is headed towards empty lots and closed buildings. The Irish Pub is one of the last few remaining businesses on that block.

Living near Atlantic City all I hear about is how the casinos have to change their image to make the city more of a resort for tourists. But what about the residents? What about the people who have live here? There are homeless walking the streets and living under the boardwalk. There are empty lots where viable business stood and had people working.

Instead, the only thing growing in Atlantic City is the casino by Revel Entertainment. Even that has it’s issue because it was given tax breaks and homes were taken away by eminent domain. Atlantic City is more for the tourists than the residents.

The captions were very important and I had to think about what I was going to right to ensure I would get my point across. The interplay between them needed to be perfect because without them, the reader could easily see the good side or even miss some details of the photos altogether.

I hope you enjoy Atlantic City as much as I do.

Written by Susan Lulgjuraj

March 11, 2010 at 3:10 am

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