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    In Toronto, our mayor Rob Ford has decided a downtown casino is the magic cure for the city's fiscal woes, including a transit system that desperately needs an overhaul.  However, city council isn't convinced that a casino will bring in enough money to help the city, and three former mayors - John Sewell (NDP), Art Eggleton (Liberal) and David Crombie (Conservative) - have written an open letter to Mayor Ford, telling him a downtown casino will do more harm than good.

     

    My question is to those people who have a downtown casino (or several).  Has it helped the city or has it created more problems than it's solved?

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    We have a casino outside of our town. It hasn't really done anything and the money goes to the tribe.

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    • Ed
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      I assume this tribe sometimes ventures outside of the reservation to buy stuff from the locals... And just what do they use for money?


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    Depends who owns it and how they are taxed.  Most of the casinos in the US are on Indian Tribal land and therefore not subject to the same taxation as are, say, the casinos in Nevada or Atlantic City, NJ.

    Although most of the indian casinos I know of are very generous with their local communities.  Buying fire stations new fire trucks and the like.  Seems the Indians have learned that keeping the natives happy is a good idea.

    Nevada, of course, lives and dies with its casinos.  They've been a great source of local revenue and jobs.

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    • Zooey
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      guido61 wrote:

       Most of the casinos in the US are on Indian Tribal land and therefore not subject to the same taxation as are, say, the casinos in Nevada or Atlantic City, NJ.



      What most people don't know, however, is that tribes can create tribal land where it never existed before simply by buying real estate. There's a tribe in Southern California that buys up inexpensive real estate in small towns that is in no way connected to the ancestral home of any member of the tribe.

      After they buy a random parcel, they'll set up a "casino" on their new tribal lands, which is actually just a ****************ty building that looks like a K-Mart.  All the town drunks and meth addicts flock to it and shoot each other up (literally and figuratively) in the parking lot.

      It kind of defeats the purpose of the voters outlawing casinos in the first place.  


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    • #5

      Maryland now has several casinos. One is about 4 miles from my house. Other than the fact that you cannot find parking at the mall where it is located, I have noticed no change.. no pun intended.


      Alecto wrote:

      In Toronto, our mayor Rob Ford has decided a downtown casino is the magic cure for the city's fiscal woes, including a transit system that desperately needs an overhaul.  However, city council isn't convinced that a casino will bring in enough money to help the city, and three former mayors - John Sewell (NDP), Art Eggleton (Liberal) and David Crombie (Conservative) - have written an open letter to Mayor Ford, telling him a downtown casino will do more harm than good.

       

      My question is to those people who have a downtown casino (or several).  Has it helped the city or has it created more problems than it's solved?




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      • GTRMAN
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        I just saw on the news this morning that the casino near my house just started having table games and will now be open 24/7...


        GTRMAN wrote:

        Maryland now has several casinos. One is about 4 miles from my house. Other than the fact that you cannot find parking at the mall where it is located, I have noticed no change.. no pun intended.


        Alecto wrote:

        In Toronto, our mayor Rob Ford has decided a downtown casino is the magic cure for the city's fiscal woes, including a transit system that desperately needs an overhaul.  However, city council isn't convinced that a casino will bring in enough money to help the city, and three former mayors - John Sewell (NDP), Art Eggleton (Liberal) and David Crombie (Conservative) - have written an open letter to Mayor Ford, telling him a downtown casino will do more harm than good.

         

        My question is to those people who have a downtown casino (or several).  Has it helped the city or has it created more problems than it's solved?







         


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      • #7

        As of this writing, it looks like only 7 out of 45 city councilors support a casino - and 23 have definitely said they're against it - so the issue is likely dead in the water.  Can't say I'm unhappy about that; our mayor - who would likely lose a chess match against a bag of hammers - is the casinos' biggest supporter.  He also thinks bike racks at City Hall is a big waste of taxpayer dollars. :robottongue:

        The thing I found most striking is that a casino is often killed by its own success.  Casino Windsor was doing quite well until a nearby municipality opened their own casino, and then CW was dead in the water. 

        Originally Posted by Warren Buffett


        “There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”



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