Casinos As Entertainment District Anchors

An Indian tribe plans to use its land and casinos to anchor a mile-square entertainment district in Palm Springs.
January 26, 2004, 7am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Hoping to transform [Palm Springs] into a vast entertainment district, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is seeking permission to turn a square-mile portion of the downtown core into a multibillion-dollar complex featuring high-rises, shopping malls, restaurants, a theme park and a second casino... City officials say the tribe is not legally obligated to seek the city's blessings for its plan — or even zoning changes — because it is located on sovereign land... The Agua Caliente tribe describes the plan as a vision for 'a unique and cohesive district with its own identity, which is separate but linked to downtown Palm Springs.' The tribe compares it to Pleasure Island in Orlando, Fla., an entertainment complex that includes eight nightclubs and evening street parties set off by music and fireworks."

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Published on Sunday, January 25, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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