Councilman Shabazz was interesting to interview because he holds many positions and he is also in the planning and development committee. He is in charge of processing people that want to do development in Atlantic City. So, he was there when Stockton presented the idea of bringing the university to the city. Stockton is not the only new development in the process. The Hard Rock casino is making its way to Atlantic City, which will also create thousands of new jobs. These new beginnings for the city will be great, but will ultimately lead to the gentrification of Atlantic city. Gentrification can be great in a number of ways such as redevelopment, revenue will be circulating through the city and lower crime rates. The downfall will could lead to the displacement of people. I don’t think it will be like that but there is a chance that it can happen
because when the Revel came to the city, the displacement of people did occur. No matter what, Stockton will be in Atlantic city in 2018. Councilman Shabazz does think the university will bring good to city.
The Brown’s park that Councilman Shabazz mentioned is a place where the homeless are and people participate in illegal activities involving drugs and narcotics no matter the time of day. With the new development of Brown’s park, they will be building a five-foot fence around it, along with brighter street lights and cameras. The fence will be a deterrent but will not keep everyone out, but with all those new additions to the park it will lower crime rates in that area. Before the interview I did not know what privatization of a public space was at the time of the interview but that is what is occurring at Brown’s park. the privatization of Brown’s park is for a good cause considering the history. The redevelopment of Brown’s park along with new and brighter street lights as Councilman Shabazz mentioned will make residents and tourists feel safer in Atlantic City.