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    The Steel Pier closed for the final time on Labor Day. Although only a shadow of its former self, it still provided fun, rides and decadent greasy shore food along with a myriad of games and attractions. Donald Trump will be building condos, shops etc to replace the rides and smells of our memories.

    The Steel Pier was first built in 1898. The end of an era. Ocean Pier is gone, Milllion Dollar Pier is gone and the last of the AC lady's is going the way of corporate greed.

    They no longer host the Miss America pageant, Captain Starns is gone and the lot for sale--So now the city is becoming a single focus of a gambling mecca.

    Funny, even Las Vegas has an amusement park and a water park. Atlantic City is on the shore and will not have one.

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    BlueIrishEyes - welcome back.

    I was going to post about this. It's a sad day. I know people who are associated with the Steel Pier. AC is losing it's heritage. As you pointed out Miss America has left AC, but also - Monopoly will no longer be based on Atantic City. The once great and historic Steel Pier will now be condos. I would prefer that they built up and improved the city more inland. I want them to do certain improvements along the boardwalk, such as fixing up the casino facades, but to remove a historic landmark like this is terrible. I don't know if I can anymore promote Atlantic City as a place for the whole family. It was before that there was the gambling for adults, and the historic attracts for the whole family, not to mention the beach and the amusement rides for the kids. Now with the removal of Steel Pier, there just isn't as much for the kids. The other thing, the Steel Pier did so much for the kids. They had an annual Easter Egg Hunt and so much more. I was asked last year if I wanted to help hide the eggs and I was going to, but then wasn't able to make it. I had counted on going this year, but now it seems as if that won't be happening.

    BTW - the thing that is ironic about this whole thing, is that the Taj Majah is the worst looking casino in Atlantic City now. Its facade is so faded and peeling. They have plans to do a complete renovation, but they should worry about renovating and then they can think about expanding on the pier. One of my concerns is with Trump in and out of bankrupcy with his casinos that they'll destroy steel pier as we know it and then within ten years we'll be seeing faded and aging buildings on that spot, just like the way the Taj looks now.
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    I wrote to Hasbro and they are not discontinuing the original Monopoly. According to the response I received, this is just another special edition. I hope that is the case. I cannot imagine playing Monopoly without the fear of Take a Walk on the Boardwalk--unless I own it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueIrishEyes
    I wrote to Hasbro and they are not discontinuing the original Monopoly. According to the response I received, this is just another special edition. I hope that is the case. I cannot imagine playing Monopoly without the fear of Take a Walk on the Boardwalk--unless I own it!!
    The new version is not a special edition. The new version is going to be the new official boardgame. The orginal version (based on Atlantic City) is becoming the "classic game" and while it will be sold side by side with the new version, the new version is what they will be primarily selling and promoting. They do limited marketing for the "special editions" which are sold mostly on limited basis. My feeling is that the original version is continuing to be sold to appease people for the time being. They will eventually have it only available on a limited basis though. They just want to get the new version out first without to deal with any distrations over what happens to the original.
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    Earlier this year there was talk of the Funtown pier in seaside being re-designated as condominium zoning and there were initial meetings with a developer and the township to redevelop the pier.

    I see this as being the new trend. Ocean front condos probably generate more revenue than amusements, but at what expense?

    In the AC situation, the pier is profitable and the landlords are simply just looking to get more money. In seaside, there are rumors that the funtown pier was not doing so well because of the competition (casino pier, great adventure).

    We took our daughter to the AC boardwalk several times.. to the rainforest cafe, ripley's, etc.. but each time we missed the pier because IMO Storybook Land is a better family destination right down the road.

    Its too bad the AC pier tenants did not have first right of refusal in their lease.

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    The Steel Pier is opening once again this season!!! Be on the lookout for an announcement and a chance to win passes to the Steel Pier!! We will be sponsoring a contest giving away ticket books.

    Steel Pier will also be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt! We hope all the supporters of the Steel Pier will continue to enjoy the fun at this great New Jersey attraction.
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    Smile The sad reality!

    The reality is that as a city grows one of the first things to often get affected are the city landmarks which are often destroyed or moved to another place to make way for a new building and this is common to all the top cities of the world. Maybe a signature petition may have done the trick but it sure is not a great thing to lose a landmark!

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