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Monopoly's new high-rent district

August 21, 2008|Associated Press

EAST LONGMEADOW, MASS. — Bye-bye, Boardwalk.

The Canadian metropolis of Montreal snagged the most expensive spot on a new global version of Monopoly, unseating the Atlantic City, N.J., fixture as the board game's most prestigious property.

Montreal will be joined by the Latvian capital Riga, which grabbed the game's No. 2 Park Place spot, and 20 other world cities when Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition goes on sale this month. Other cities featured, chosen by online vote, include Jerusalem, London, Paris, New York, Rome and Taipei.

"Chance" and "Community Chest" cards will highlight global cultural fare, such as Brazil's Carnival and St. Patrick's Day in Ireland.

The latest version of the board game will be printed in 37 languages and sold in 50 countries, toy maker Hasbro Inc. said Wednesday.

More than a dozen versions of the real estate game, created with Atlantic City street names in 1935, are sold today.

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