I COULDN'T LEAVE the Eastern seaboard without visiting Atlantic City, the popular east coast resort known for its sandy beaches, famed boardwalk, hotels and casino palaces. For a California traveler, just imagine "Las Vegas East" with water. It's located close to large population centers, so this glitzy town attracts millions of visitors to play, gamble, and enjoy spectacular attractions.
Atlantic City was the inspiration for the American version of the board game Monopoly, especially the street names. During the early years, the developer, Magie Phillips, played the game with friends while visiting here and adopted local names into the game for a taste of reality. Monopoly became popular during the early 1900’s as a family board game -- originally intended to demonstrate the principle that buying and developing massive amounts of properties while collecting rent drove others into bankruptcy leaving a single player as "winner" in an economic world. Since then, the game has become popular worldwide and that idea certainly reinforces the thinking of many capitalists. Atlantic City is the perfect example of the principle: come visit for awhile and leave your money!
So, during my visit I had to investigate some of those original Monopoly streets of Atlantic City. Of course, they didn't appear the same as I had imagined!
Miles 3089, Week 37, Weather 82F🌧