Casinos: Penn Treaty Special Services District

While the gaming license process is often presented as an us-versus-them scenario pitting the big bad casinos against potential neighbors who want no part of said casinos, the reality is much more nuanced than that. Casino-Free Philadelphia helped represent Fishtown in their fight against SugarHouse Casino, but they were by no means the only group […]

 

Casinos: History of Gambling in Philadelphia

Casinos: History of Gambling in Philadelphia

It may seem like it is taking a while for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) to issue Philadelphia’s second gaming license, but the wait is nothing that the city has not been through before. The process for legalized gambling in Pennsylvania goes all the way back to the late seventies when Atlantic City opened […]

 

Casinos: UNITE HERE Philadelphia Stands Up for SugarHouse Employees

While the still-undecided final location of Philadelphia’s second gaming license dominates the local casino conversation, all is not quiet at the renovating SugarHouse. Philly’s first casino is attracting some recent notice because of renewed efforts to unionize its rank-and-file employees with the support of UNITE HERE Philadelphia. Over the winter, the Atlantic City-based union organization, […]

 

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Given the size of most gaming operations, it’s often difficult to put a “face” to any particular organization (besides Donald Trump, and he’s largely famous for his other endeavors). Despite this, there’s still a fair number of important people – some within the industry, some who would like to destroy the industry and some who feel […]

 By Lauren Macaluso and Tyler Laurie

Fishtown: SugarHouse’s Community Benefits Agreement Helps Neighborhood Groups

Fishtown: SugarHouse’s Community Benefits Agreement Helps Neighborhood Groups

Long before construction crews broke ground at SugarHouse Casino, owner Neil Bluhm met with members of the community to sign a community benefits agreement that would allot funds back into the surrounding neighborhoods of Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Kensington and Port Richmond. The agreement plan calls for funds to be awarded annually to the Penn Treaty […]