Las Vegas and Environs

Las Vegas Faces a Challenging and Uncertain Environmental Future

Excessive heat will impact the desert city in the coming years, and major steps need to be taken now to change its course.

September 19, 2019 - The Guardian


Large Doses of Skepticism for Chicago Casinos

The idea of a casino in Chicago didn't sound like a good idea to a state-hire consultant, nor does it seem like the city's Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic likes the idea either.

August 18, 2019 - Chicago Tribune


A Small but Significant Fuel Tax Hike for Arkansas

The 3 cent gas tax and 6 cent diesel tax increases are among the lowest of any states that have hiked fuel taxes since 2013, but combined with other revenue sources in the legislation, plus an upcoming sales tax ballot measure, it's historic.

April 20, 2019 - Talk Business & Politics

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Pocono, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's Gambling Expansion Proving Unpopular at the Local Level

The state thought more casinos would be a good way to raise some revenue for the state. So far a lot of local governments want no part of that action.

December 8, 2017 - WHYY

Philadelphia Casino

State Supreme Court Deals Setback for Philly Casino Proposal

Regulatory issues have delayed a proposed casino mega-development in South Philadelphia.

June 22, 2017 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City Showing All the Signs of Recovery

One of the East Coast's most conspicuous signs of the Great Recession is finally turning itself around.

May 8, 2017 -


Casinos Still Illegal in Georgia

A nascent effort to legalize casino gambling in the state of Georgia fell short of the necessary legislative support.

February 28, 2017 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Madrid to Build Mega Casino, Betting on New Jobs and Tourist Dollars

Spain's capital may build a huge casino, but many fear that the facility will flounder in the way similar mega-projects have in the past.

December 17, 2016 - CityLab

Atlantic City

New Jersey Taking Steps to Takeover Atlantic City

The state of New Jersey rejected a financial plan for Atlantic City, clearing the stage for a new, larger battle over control of the city.

November 4, 2016 - AP via ABC News


Book Review: From Steel to Slots

Chloe E. Taft explores the transition of Bethlehem, Pa., from Rust Belt company town to gambling mecca.

April 7, 2016 - Josh Stephens

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Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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2022 National Cohousing Conference

Cohousing Association of the US

New Updates on PD&R Edge

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