Comment 82955

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted November 16, 2012 at 08:26:35

Michael Borelli's RTH article has been printed in today's Hamilton Spectator under the title "Pitch for Hamilton casino is monorail hucksterism": http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/a...

Also in today's Hamilton Spectator is an article by Andrew Dreschel titled "Casino bidders to reveal plans". Dreschel makes no mention of Flamboro Downs in his article. http://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/a...

It seems clear by this quote that City of Hamilton Director of Economic Development and Planning Tim McCabe is pushing for a downtown casino:

"I'm not interested for the City of Hamilton in a stand-alone casino. It's got to be something that fits the bill in terms of downtown revitalization, mixed use, good city-building, good design.

Something that's going to help our tourism industry or guests to fill the hotels up."

Dreschel's article does not mention Flamboro Downs at all. He forgot to ask McCabe about his plans to alleviate the economic impact of the contraction or possible collapse of the local horse race industry if a downtown casino opens and Flamboro Downs closes.

Dreschel article is also silent on McCabe's views as to whether a downtown casino would have a positive or negative economic impact upon downtown residential development or existing small downtown businesses.

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2012-11-16 08:51:52

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