Philadelphians Say NO! to Casinos – Again
So why doesn’t city government take the voices of the people they represent seriously? To drive home the point that a majority of Philadelphians DO NOT want casinos in and around their neighborhood, Casino-Free Philadelphia held a ballot box vote in select locations around the city. 95% of the residents voted “Yes” to a referendum requiring casinos to maintain a distance of at least 1500 feet from homes, schools and places of worship.
This referendum SHOULD HAVE BEEN on the ballot in the first place. Not even City Council’s unanimous approval and 27,000 signatures collected from the residents were enough to keep the referendum. Big money won out – lawyers representing the casinos took away our vote.
I have a few choice words for the MASSIVE TOOLBOXES who initiated the idea of bringing casinos to Philadelphia….choice words that would not be appropriate for this article.