NewsWorks Tonight takes an in-depth look at Atlantic City's struggles, past and present. 

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Atlantic City thrived as a middle-class resort. After a period of decline, voters decided to legalize gambling. The first casino opened in 1978. Now, with the recession and increasing gambling competition from nearby states, the city is suffering again.

Listen to the audio above for a clearer picture of the outlook for the seaside resort.