CONEY ISLAND

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I had to squeeze in a visit to Coney Island before I returned to Norfolk (okay, I was ordered to.) It's an amazing place. Too bad all the things that make it unique--garish hand-painted signs, cheesy rip-off arcades, the Turtle Boy, crowds of fat sweating working-class New Yorkers--will disappear soon. The developer has articulated a vision of an East Coast "Bellagio". What is it with developers? Give stupid, venal people money, and they'll lay waste to the world.