New Philly Slots Site May Help Gambling Fit Better

Philadelphia is still trying to figure out where to put its two approved casinos as it prepares to become the nation's biggest city to host gambling. In this piece, Inga Saffron says a new proposed site could make gambling work for Philly.
September 13, 2008, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"After years of hearing Rendell insist that, like it or not, two boxy slots parlors would be built on the city's majestic Delaware River, it was refreshing to have him concede yesterday that he is exploring other sites for the Foxwoods casino, the more intrusive of the halls. The leading option, at the west end of Market Street's Gallery mall, has real possibilities and should not be immediately dismissed."

"The proposed relocation of Foxwoods offers a precious second chance to get gambling right in Philadelphia. It should be the starting point for a vigorous public discussion about what form an urban casino should take."

"As the largest city in America to host gambling, Philadelphia deserves a casino tailored to its economic and planning goals - and not merely a cash cow for the state. This is the state's gambling flagship, and the casino design should reflect that."

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Published on Friday, September 12, 2008 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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