Gambling Away A Community's Future?

Philadelphia's Civic Coalition on Slots hopes not, seeking to force future casinos in the neighborhood to pay for millions of dollars worth of community improvements.

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January 23, 2006, 5:00 AM PST

By David Gest


"In anticipation of at least one slots parlor getting sited on the Delaware River, more than 10 civic groups are joining forces to demand that any potential developer agree to invest millions of dollars in their communities. Residents of neighborhoods that span Columbus Boulevard insist they won't settle for 'table scraps' while casino owners dine on filet mignon."

"...civic group leaders proposed that developers should pick up the tab for a recreational trail along the Delaware River, new street lighting, increased police presence and additional trash pickups. They also discussed a plan to demand a lump sum of cash to spend on local needs."

Wednesday, January 18, 2006 in Philadelphia Weekly

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