Just as we were lauding Margate, NJ’s housing market and the changing perception of Atlantic City, today comes this headline on philly.com: “Bust to boom: Can strippers save Atlantic City?” Putting aside the groan-worthy pun, the headline not only implies that Atlantic City needs saving but that it’s gotten so desperate, it’s left to strippers to do it.
But the salacious headline is a bit of an overstatement. We’re just talking about one venue: a Scores club in the Trump Taj Mahal, which is far from the first time time the casinos have seen any skin. As the Associated Press’ Wayne Perry points out, both Revel and the Borgata have burlesque shows, while “dancers in bras and panties are common on gambling floors.” (You’re welcome.)
Scores, unsurprisingly, feels Atlantic City is a terrific fit, giving the AP what’s one of the least appetizing quotes about AC this year: “We feel this is the third leg of the Atlantic City triangle: gambling, alcohol and adult entertainment.”
Now, on to other issues:
• Over at Hidden City, Bradley Maule takes a look at what Carl Dranoff’s proposed One Riverside will do to the Philadelphia skyline. Check out his rendering and see for yourself.
• Naked Philly asks what will become of a big hole in the ground at 20th and Carpenter now that the buildings that were there have been demolished. The hole belongs to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, so don’t get your hopes up.
• Some good news out of Point Breeze: a positive profile in theartblog of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority-sponsored art installation by artist Maria Möller, who worked with neighborhood teens to transform a vacant lot. “Möller’s project provides an interesting historical lens through which to contemplate the question of who owns a neighborhood.”
• Chris Wink, founder of Technically Philly, offers “Lifehacks for Living in Philly.” Subjects include keeping your hoagie from getting soggy and fitting all your sports T-shirts into one drawer.