The story of Atlantic City is both timely and timeless. The timeless story of a Jersey shore town struggling to compete and the timely story of an unsuccessful business model that propelled the city’s most prominent casino owner to the White House. This image is part of a larger project, Greetings from Atlantic City, that follows Atlantic City as it teetered on the edge of bankruptcy after five of its twelve casinos closed their doors to the present. The project’s thesis - that gambling is a failed economic development strategy that creates low-wage jobs and inhibits the creation of healthy, thriving communities - is revealed through images of the Boardwalk's rolling car drivers, arcade barkers, Atlantic City's residential neighborhoods, and the liquidation sale at the Trump Taj Mahal.
Believe, Atlantic City 3/15/15.
“Jean Ross is a California-born photographer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She photographs places and the people who live in them.”
Archival inkjet print
18 inch x12 inch image on 19 inch x 13 inch paper
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