Comment 86494

By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted February 20, 2013 at 05:49:13

As long as we're cherry picking things from the article, here's some other quotes:

“Cities are struggling these days from an economic perspective,” Francis said. “(The casino) is a job creator. It’s an industry — and it’s an industry that I’m really glad we have, because without it, we’d have 3,000 more unemployed people.”


Behind the counter in the surviving convenience store late last month, she said she’s grateful to the casino for creating “all those jobs that never (previously) existed,” because “as long as they have stable jobs … we get business from those people.”


“Where is Windsor if we lose the casino? A ghost town. That’s why we fight so hard to keep those jobs,” he said.


“It’s fair to say that we could have not afforded to do as much as we’ve done without the payments we’ve received from these entities,” said Colucci.

Oh, and this one (of particular interest to Hamilton I'd say):

In recent years, Windsor has redone its downtown streetscape, and handed over city buildings to local post-secondary institutions, which are promising to bring thousands of students to the core. “You’ve got to stitch a number of these different industries together and diversify,” Francis said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re getting there.”

Comment edited by DowntownInHamilton on 2013-02-20 05:52:46

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