(HOSTED.AP.ORG/DYNAMIC/STORIES/U/US_CASINO_CLOSINGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-17-09-52-19) — ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Before summer ends, Revel, Trump Plaza, the Showboat and the Atlantic Club will be shuttered ex-casinos, leaving Atlantic City officials looking for a way to avoid having dark, empty shells on its signature Boardwalk.
Analysts and entrepreneurs tell The Associated Press that a glitzy corporate headquarters, condos or timeshares, entertainment-related rentals or even student housing could be among the new uses for them.
Israel Posner, head of a gambling study institute at Richard Stockton College, said it's crucial to keep the buildings occupied and illuminated.
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"If you rely on tourism, you want bright lights," he said. "All the promotional shots of Las Vegas are at night with the lights on. Darkness is almost the antithesis of entertainment."