VIDEO: Atlantic City Bets on Diversity [4:05]
Atlantic City is in transition, having seen four casinos close in 2014. In Stockton University's Noyes Arts Garage at Fairmount Ave. and Mississippi, 130 citizens from various fields offer ideas on diversifying the city's businesses and image. The two-day open dialogue is called Creative Atlantic City. "It's giving the city a chance to reinvent itself," says Atlantic City Police Chief Henry White.
Participants included author Turiya S.A. Raheem, adjunct professor at Atlantic Cape Community College and an expert on the segregated history of Atlantic City's Northside neighborhood, and Natalie Devonish, president of a youth enrichment program. Natalie's question: "how do you attract the young professional to live, stay, and participate here in Atlantic City," engenders passionate debate.