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Gambling Without Knowing All the Odds

November 12, 2008

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It may not be next month or next year, but it’s coming – and quite possibly to a few blocks near you. 

As it stands right now, the newly proposed site of the authorized Foxwoods Casino in Philadelphia is now the Gallery at Market East.  Earlier this month, a City Council committee decided to recommend a zoning change to permit Foxwoods to open up slot machines in the shopping mall, just a few blocks east of City Hall.  There’s a long way to go in the process, and neighborhood opposition, most notably from Chinatown, has already begun. 

Just like with any major addition, such as the football and baseball stadiums from four and five years ago, to the city, there are always concerns from the neighborhoods about the effects of the proposed construction.  And oftentimes, neighborhood protests amount to just saying “Not in our neighborhood” without coming up with alternative locations or at least espousing specific arguments beyond the old standard of “traffic.”  What’s curious about this process, however, is that the City appears to be fast tracking the casino deal at the Gallery without fully studying the potential impact.  Chinatown residents are concerned that the proposed casino site would have a significant adverse effect upon its nearby community.  True or not,  there is a widely held belief that Asians are more attracted to gambling than other cultures. 

It is entirely possible that the Gallery site may indeed be the best site in the city for the Foxwoods Casino.  Heck, the City already appears to be counting revenue from it in its upcoming budged projections.  Still, what is necessary is for the City to fully study the pros and cons of this site instead of just trying to slide the project through the process.  What the City may learn is that locating it in this particular site may cause more harm than the tax revenue it brings in. 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2008 9:02 pm

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  2. November 22, 2008 4:40 am

    I agree with the author. Its always a good idea to have a community impact report. It is also unclear as to how much revenue a casino would bring to the city given the current economic state of the country.

  3. September 7, 2009 4:15 pm

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