Slots & the potential of Market East

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By WILLIAM BECKER

THE PROPOSAL to relocate the Foxwoods slots palace from the Delaware to Market East has generated considerable comment,

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20090223_Slots___the_potential_of_Market_East.html?posted=y&viewAll=y#comments

The only customers the Gallery is going to draw will be from the most distressed areas of our city. It won’t be the residents of Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, the Mainline or the Philly suburbs gambling in the Gallery. No, it will be what you see shopping there today, the residents of South, Southwest, West, North, and Northeast Philly. These are blue collar neighborhoods that have distressed areas where there is a large population of poor and uneducated people, mostly of color. It’s where small business operators like, restaurants, grocery stores, cleaners, and service merchants operate mostly in cash; it’s where the underground economy prevails. So when Foxwoods and Sugar House casinos start sucking the Cash, Payroll Checks, Social Security, Welfare Checks and what ever Credit Card usage is left out of those communities is when we’ll see the ill effects of casino gambling. Things like bankruptcy, crime, suicides, and children left without care and food because one or both of their parents will be gambling. To learn more about my credentials on this subject go on line and look up Bill Kearney on casino gambling.

netable's picture

Is there any good that comes

Is there any good that comes out of the casino's?

I swear, I dread Fishtown looking like AC,

kdubs215's picture

Fishtown will never look

Fishtown will never look like A.C - A.C was a slum before the casinos had nothing to do with that pit .

dan's picture

kdubs215 wrote:Fishtown will

[quote=kdubs215]Fishtown will never look like A.C - A.C was a slum before the casinos had nothing to do with that pit . [/quote]

the casinos made AC worse

the few areas that weren't slum-like became slum-like when the casinos sucked the life out of them

so, if you're okay with that, please support the slot barn, which will have even worse impact than a full-blown casino.

(to be fair, we have both slum-like and non-slum-like areas near us. the casino will definitely have a negative impact, but may not impact us as badly as AC - esp with the Community Bribery Betrayal Benefits Agreement)

netable's picture

kdubs215 wrote:Fishtown will

kdubs215 wrote:

Fishtown will never look like A.C - A.C was a slum before the casinos had nothing to do with that pit .

Love your Avatar'

But I remember AC as a Kid' I use to go there with my Pop fishing and to Marlton, and I don't remember it being a slum.......

(Maybe because we always stayed at Brigantine)

codergrrl's picture

A little editorial comment,

A little editorial comment, eh Dan?

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netable wrote:kdubs215

netable wrote:
kdubs215 wrote:

Fishtown will never look like A.C - A.C was a slum before the casinos had nothing to do with that pit .

Love your Avatar'

But I remember AC as a Kid' I use to go there with my Pop fishing and to Marlton, and I don't remember it being a slum.......

(Maybe because we always stayed at Brigantine)

Uhm... thats a little like saying 'We went to Camden and it wasn't a slum, because we actually stayed in Society Hill." ;-)

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jmminarik wrote:Uhm... thats

jmminarik wrote:

Uhm... thats a little like saying 'We went to Camden and it wasn't a slum, because we actually stayed in Society Hill." ;-)

Have you seen Camden lately? Magnifique!

dan's picture

codergrrl wrote:A little

codergrrl wrote:

A little editorial comment, eh Dan?

little? ;)

seriously, though, I should probably restate that I believe that the vast majority of the folks who are pro-casino honestly believe it's a good thing for the neighborhood and have the neighborhood's best interests at heart. they are simply wrong.

(there are undoubtedly a few folks who know it will be bad for the neighborhood and promote it anyway because it will line their pockets, but that is a very small number - and it is not the visible leadership from the neighborhood)

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jmminarik wrote:netable

jmminarik wrote:
netable wrote:
kdubs215 wrote:

Fishtown will never look like A.C - A.C was a slum before the casinos had nothing to do with that pit .

Love your Avatar'

But I remember AC as a Kid' I use to go there with my Pop fishing and to Marlton, and I don't remember it being a slum.......

(Maybe because we always stayed at Brigantine)

Uhm... thats a little like saying 'We went to Camden and it wasn't a slum, because we actually stayed in Society Hill." ;-)

There was no connector to get to Brigantine, had to drive through AC back then, and Brigantine was deserted back then, Def not Society Hill =)

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netable wrote: There was no

netable wrote:

There was no connector to get to Brigantine, had to drive through AC back then, and Brigantine was deserted back then, Def not Society Hill =)

My godmother lived in Brigantine, married to an AC cop. He would escort her from the AC Hospital to the Brigantine Bridge when she worked the night shift because AC was that bad.

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jmminarik wrote:netable

jmminarik wrote:
netable wrote:

There was no connector to get to Brigantine, had to drive through AC back then, and Brigantine was deserted back then, Def not Society Hill =)

My godmother lived in Brigantine, married to an AC cop. He would escort her from the AC Hospital to the Brigantine Bridge when she worked the night shift because AC was that bad.

Maybe because I was a Kid, I just didn't see what I see there now'

Nice Uncle =)