In response to Muzwell's comment:
What crime? I can tell you there is no crime on the casino grounds near me, it's well lit and there are tons of security folks patrolling at all times.
The crime argument is bogus anyway. Do casinos turn otherwise innocent people into criminals by their mere presence? Does that make any sense? Is it the mafia that you're worried about? Please.
Increased traffic and use of resources? This is a problem really? This is a business that employs what, a couple thousand people maybe, in jobs that didn't exist before it got there, that contributes millions upon millions in income and property taxes and draws visitors from all over, and you're worried about traffic and a few cops? Real forward thinking.
You don't locate a casino in a residential neighborhood, you locate it in a place that can handle traffic and is not going to cause problems for locals, obviously. Next to a football stadium that already has that stuff figured out would seem to be a good spot.
I get the NIMBY attitude, but that doesn't mean it makes sense.
I'm an officer in a town with one of the largest shopping malls around. Do you know how much crime that brings? Car thefts, car break ins, assaults, thefts from stores, drug deals made in surrounding neighborhoods, home break ins in surrounding neighborhoods. That place is so lit up at night we played street hockey in the parking lots at night. We have seven cars on the road at night, one night last week, six of them were there at the same time.
With a Casino comes more parking. More hotels, in comes prostitution. Most of the time, them and their clients aren't the best society has to offer.
And the best part of the Casino. The guy who goes from table to table,wearing his Poker sunglasses over his bloodshot eyes has too many drinks and on his way home slams into a family of four who coming back from Johnnys little league game. Theyre dead, because these Casinos have different rules than bars or other establishmnets with liquor licenses as far as over serving.
Casinos dont turn otherwise innocent people into criminals. They dont have to. They attract criminals.