A note of casino caution in The Star today, courtesy of Canada's gambling poster child - Windsor.
On the quiet streets that line the boarded-up storefronts of downtown Windsor, everybody remembers the casino mania that swept through Canada's ailing motor city nearly 20 years ago. ...
But then the oft-told tale takes a darker turn. Three new Detroit-area casinos killed Windsor's monopoly in the region, and tighter border restrictions and the near-collapse of the once mighty auto industry brought the bustle to a standstill.
While Windsor casino still employs around 3,000 workers, and pays between $13-21 an hour, the article notes that tourism is now back around pre-casino levels, and spillover trade is minimal at best.
As Mayor Eddie Francis notes, a casino is not a silver bullet:
You've got to stitch a number of these different industries together and diversify. We're not there yet, but we're getting there.
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