Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian predicts 2015 will be "a year of healing" for his shell-shocked seaside resort.
He took office a year ago pledging "a root canal" for the city.
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But he had no idea how much worse things actually would get: Four of the city's 12 casinos closed, putting 8,000 workers on the street.
He expects one more casino to close this year but won't say which one.
But Guardian notes that numerous projects are due to be completed in the city this year to help make the city less dependent on gambling. Those include a Bass Pro Shops, the conversion of a former casino into a college campus, a renovation of the Pier Shops, and a new convention center at Harrah's.