Another Voice Questions Philly Casinos
Philadelphia has been slow to react to the urban menace of gambling. It wasn't until the casino operators submitted their proposals, designs and site plans that residents began to understand what it would be like to have a slots barn in the neighborhood. Because the most vocal opposition to the five casino proposals has been localized, there have been inevitable charges that the protest is just a nimby reaction. But in the Next American City, three of the city's most respected design professionals - all founding members of the Design Advocacy Group - go on the record saying Philadelphia doesn't need gambling.