Everett casino hurts neighborhoods, l...

Everett casino hurts neighborhoods, local economy

There are 67 comments on the The Somerville News story from May 23, 2013, titled Everett casino hurts neighborhoods, local economy. In it, The Somerville News reports that:

Just one hundred yards across the Mystic River from Somerville's burgeoning Assembly Square neighborhood lies the proposed site for a 19-story casino in Everett.

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Stan Kapinsky

Ashburnham, MA

#42 Jul 12, 2013
Just Reading wrote:
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Went to Atlantic City last summer for the first time in over 20 years. It was all cleaned up and rebuilt. Also, there were a lot of factory outlet stores off the Boardwalk [seemed like a mile of stores]. Also, I remember the old days when the projects were all boarded up and a mess but now everything is all new and built up. The Boardwalk has no riff raff pan handlers like before. I was really impressed and noticed many families going to the beach. I'll go back there again for sure.
How did a casino help Detroit? Or East St. Louis?
MSG1955

Malden, MA

#43 Jul 13, 2013
ever notice in all the papers, when ever there is a PHOTO OPP, all the POLITICIANS COME OUT OF NO WHERE, WEATHER IT IS SAT,SUN OR WHAT EVER DAY,but try calling them, none of them will stand up and say the CASINO IS NOT GOOD FOR EVERETT, NONE WILL DO THAT, and these are the people who rep us, no us rep them.ALL ARE COMING OUT OF THE WOOD WORK TO RUN IN ELECTIONS ,BECAUSE OF THE NEW CHARTER, AND BECAUSE THE GRAVY TRAIN WILL STOP FOR SOME OF THEM, THANK YOU, KUST AN OPION.
MSG1955

Malden, MA

#44 Jul 13, 2013
sorry JUST AN OPION.
Shut the front door

Lynnfield, MA

#45 Jul 27, 2013
The casino is a very lucrative deal for Everett, I am unable to attend most meetings as I work it he 11-7shift in a hospital. But I have done my research, I am a lifelong Everett resident as is my husband, we have gone through the school system, and yes the city has changed, as has every other city in the area. It's todays society. To not vote for this due to beliefs of increased crime , traffic, is ridiculous, looking into Mr wynns history shows he is a very successful man at this, I doubt he plans on throwing millions of dollars away on an area that could ruin his reputation, anything I have researched shows him to be very thorough, good employer,and as for the casino bringing in crime, that's what most of you on here complain about in Everett, but that's due to people needing jobs,Everett residents have been promised first pick at jobs. which this will bring, as well as more police, firefighters, improved school activities, sports, maybe consider vocational programs in the schools, payments to the city would be $25.2 million, includ­ing $20 million in real estate taxes,$5 million to be spent on police and fire protection, and $250,000 in support of local community groups. Those payments will increase by 2.5 percent per year, according to a summary of the agreement.Wynn has also agreed to give priority to ­Everett residents for jobs at the resort, which along with a casino, would include a 550-room hotel and upscale shops and restaurants.. There will also be vouchers given out to guests for the local businesses.the area will be cleaned as it is a toxic dump, the cluster of the traffic in that area will be fixed, water Ferry service to Boston will be fantastic., saying a casino will make people gamble is like saying a hospital will make people sick!.just think about it
Ted

Boston, MA

#46 Jul 28, 2013
The host agreement was horrendous. Wynn had the upper hand. The mayor did not properly negotiate for our city. IF the casino happens, we need someone in office who will look out for the best interests of our city. The present mayor is not the one to do this. He has failed us too many times.
No brainer

United States

#47 Oct 23, 2016
Publish in Newspapers wrote:
The Agreement DeMaria signed (written by Wynn's hired law firm) should be published in the 3 Everett newspapers at least a week ahead of the voting date so the residents know what the deal is that they are voting for. After all, that will be the fair thing to do.
Everett's 3 local newspaper's ability to even exist is due mostly to the unwritten agreement between the owners of these newspapers and the superintendent of schools Frederick Foresteire as well as mayor Carlo Di Maria's willingness to spend vast amounts of taxpayer's money on "self-serving" advertising touting the proficient manner in which Foresteire runs the school department and, similarly, DiMaria's flawless handling of city government. If the superintendent and the mayor feel that a casino will benefit them and their families they will convey their preferences to the press who will do what is necessary to keep this money spigot wide open and flowing in their direction. Any businessman, including Wynn, who wishes to profit from doing business in Everett would be wise to form an alliance ASAP with these two men to insure their mutual benefit.
Really

Brooklyn, NY

#48 Oct 23, 2016
No brainer wrote:
<quoted text>
Everett's 3 local newspaper's ability to even exist is due mostly to the unwritten agreement between the owners of these newspapers and the superintendent of schools Frederick Foresteire as well as mayor Carlo Di Maria's willingness to spend vast amounts of taxpayer's money on "self-serving" advertising touting the proficient manner in which Foresteire runs the school department and, similarly, DiMaria's flawless handling of city government. If the superintendent and the mayor feel that a casino will benefit them and their families they will convey their preferences to the press who will do what is necessary to keep this money spigot wide open and flowing in their direction. Any businessman, including Wynn, who wishes to profit from doing business in Everett would be wise to form an alliance ASAP with these two men to insure their mutual benefit.
OMG wlould you get a life you clown!!!!!! Hahahahahaha
Filet mignon

United States

#49 Oct 24, 2016
Ted wrote:
The host agreement was horrendous. Wynn had the upper hand. The mayor did not properly negotiate for our city. IF the casino happens, we need someone in office who will look out for the best interests of our city. The present mayor is not the one to do this. He has failed us too many times.
Don't fret. Wynn and the mayor will dole out just enough crumbs to some of our residents from their table of plenty to pacify what these elitists refer to as the mob. Meanwhile, DiMaria and Freddy Foresteire, Wynn's point man in the Everett, will, of course, be privileged to sit at the head table and munch on nothing but prime cuts.
Really

Winthrop, MA

#50 Oct 24, 2016
Filet mignon wrote:
<quoted text>

Don't fret. Wynn and the mayor will dole out just enough crumbs to some of our residents from their table of plenty to pacify what these elitists refer to as the mob. Meanwhile, DiMaria and Freddy Foresteire, Wynn's point man in the Everett, will, of course, be privileged to sit at the head table and munch on nothing but prime cuts.
When you look in the mirror do you see a fool too? Blah Hahahahahaha
Bring it on

United States

#51 Dec 1, 2016
Publish in Newspapers wrote:
The Agreement DeMaria signed (written by Wynn's hired law firm) should be published in the 3 Everett newspapers at least a week ahead of the voting date so the residents know what the deal is that they are voting for. After all, that will be the fair thing to do.
Each newspaper would be more than happy to provide at least a full page to accommodate your request. Let's see: full page x cost per column inch x three newspapers x how many weeks? Taxpayers should be used to it by now. The school department has been pulling similar stunts for decades. Taxpayers don't seem to mind, they keep on re-electing the same rascals to the school board at election time. Why shouldn't they re-elect Carlo?
Yellow brick road

United States

#52 Dec 2, 2016
Just Reading wrote:
<quoted text>

Went to Atlantic City last summer for the first time in over 20 years. It was all cleaned up and rebuilt. Also, there were a lot of factory outlet stores off the Boardwalk [seemed like a mile of stores]. Also, I remember the old days when the projects were all boarded up and a mess but now everything is all new and built up. The Boardwalk has no riff raff pan handlers like before. I was really impressed and noticed many families going to the beach. I'll go back there again for sure.
Glad to hear that. For quite a while, unless you went walking down the boardwalk in a large group which included males it became an increasingly unsettling experience. According to Everett's unbiased local press, however, no such concerns need be felt by visitors to Wynn's casino or anywhere in Everett for that matter. These newspapers assures us that the streets are safe, the schools are safe, and all are in good hands thanks to Carlo and Freddy. Let the good times roll!
EverettCitizen

Malden, MA

#53 Dec 2, 2016
Stan Kapinsky wrote:
<quoted text>

How did a casino help Detroit? Or East St. Louis?
Detroit and East St. Louis are two of the poorest cities in America, A nice house in Detroit costs about 25,000 dollars, but they do not sell. East St Louis has been poor since 1900, it is all public housing. There are no jobs, no money, and the area is still sliding economically' Poiticians wanted Casino's, that would bring money. But if the residents have about 175 dollars a month to spend on "extras", it not going to be on casinos. The residents can not afford to even go and have lunch at a casino. They have no money. And when a new casino opens it is usually flooded with people from all over the world trying their luck. But in Detroit and East St. Louis, no tourists went to gamble at night, they value their life. Both cities are like Chicago, the "wild west" at night, with about 24 murders a weekend. Boston is still growing rapidly. Somerville, just added a new section that is like a small city. There is plenty of money for casino spending.
Come and get it

United States

#54 Dec 2, 2016
Shut the front door wrote:
The casino is a very lucrative deal for Everett, I am unable to attend most meetings as I work it he 11-7shift in a hospital. But I have done my research, I am a lifelong Everett resident as is my husband, we have gone through the school system, and yes the city has changed, as has every other city in the area. It's todays society. To not vote for this due to beliefs of increased crime , traffic, is ridiculous, looking into Mr wynns history shows he is a very successful man at this, I doubt he plans on throwing millions of dollars away on an area that could ruin his reputation, anything I have researched shows him to be very thorough, good employer,and as for the casino bringing in crime, that's what most of you on here complain about in Everett, but that's due to people needing jobs,Everett residents have been promised first pick at jobs. which this will bring, as well as more police, firefighters, improved school activities, sports, maybe consider vocational programs in the schools, payments to the city would be $25.2 million, includ­ing $20 million in real estate taxes,$5 million to be spent on police and fire protection, and $250,000 in support of local community groups. Those payments will increase by 2.5 percent per year, according to a summary of the agreement.Wynn has also agreed to give priority to ­Everett residents for jobs at the resort, which along with a casino, would include a 550-room hotel and upscale shops and restaurants.. There will also be vouchers given out to guests for the local businesses.the area will be cleaned as it is a toxic dump, the cluster of the traffic in that area will be fixed, water Ferry service to Boston will be fantastic., saying a casino will make people gamble is like saying a hospital will make people sick!.just think about it
The public school budget is more than ample. If any of the politicians in city hall, the state house or, indeed, the federal government bothered to examine the warrants stored in city hall for over the past quarter century, they'd be shocked to discover the obscene amounts of money spent by the school department under the direction of superintendent Frederick Forestiere for newspaper advertising and legal matters. Thinking about this misuse of education funds should make every taxpayer sick!
John Maynard Keynes

United States

#55 Dec 6, 2016
Ted wrote:
<quoted text>
People are not seeing the negative aspects, only the dollar signs, and there are MANY negatives.
The dollars are produced by the folks willing to pay outlandish sums of money for a simple meal, lodging, sporting events, stage "spectacles", room taxes, meal taxes, etc., etc. As long as the economy continues to improve, things should be fine. Unfortunately, at some time in the future conditions inevitably sour. Only time will tell if all the effort and money will bear fruit or bitter herbs.
Watcher

Malden, MA

#56 Dec 30, 2016
RESIDENT wrote:
I attended the traffic meeting. The casino does not have a plan for increased traffic in Everett. The Wellington circle area has already been designed by the state. Also, a fire station would have to be built rthe casino and new equipment purchased -- about 6 million.

People need to see the facts and not be swayed by politicians
. You are so right all these politicians in Everett are lieing thieves they are all out for thier pockets not the citizens especially our piece of crap mayor
Watcher

Malden, MA

#57 Dec 30, 2016
Publish in Newspapers wrote:
The Agreement DeMaria signed (written by Wynn's hired law firm) should be published in the 3 Everett newspapers at least a week ahead of the voting date so the residents know what the deal is that they are voting for. After all, that will be the fair thing to do.
Are you kidding do you think any of these politicians are going to let you see anything that would take money out of thier pockets.
The Donald

United States

#58 Dec 30, 2016
Just Reading wrote:
<quoted text>

Went to Atlantic City last summer for the first time in over 20 years. It was all cleaned up and rebuilt. Also, there were a lot of factory outlet stores off the Boardwalk [seemed like a mile of stores]. Also, I remember the old days when the projects were all boarded up and a mess but now everything is all new and built up. The Boardwalk has no riff raff pan handlers like before. I was really impressed and noticed many families going to the beach. I'll go back there again for sure.
Why did it take over 20 years for you to return to Atlantic City?
Jackpot

United States

#59 Dec 30, 2016
lifelong Everett resident wrote:
If it goes to Suffolk Downs we get nothing but the issues of being close to a casno. If it comes to Everett, there is a definite financial advantage.

Suffolk Downs is almost the same distance from my house as the proposed Everett Casino.

I prefer the Everett Casino.
Then here's hoping that you get a fair price from the Wynn Corporation when they make an offer to buy your property so that they can level your house and convert it, as well as other nearby properties, into a giant asphalt covered parking lot.
End of the rainbow

United States

#60 Dec 30, 2016
aldo wrote:
The biggest problem Suffolk Downs has is the vote by the people in the city of Boston...They won't get near the approval rating that the Casino in Everett will......They may not even get a majority.....The Csino Commission who will determine the site, will look at that very strongly.
With FFF in charge of advertising placement in the press and the subsequent profits to the owners of our three local newspapers, the outcome had to be more favorable for Everett rather than these other communities. Whether it's the taxpayers or Wynn's money as long as it isn't Foresteire's own dough at stake, his mantra is "You've got to spend a lot to get a lot". Wynn's got plenty for the time being. For his sake hopefully he'll still have some of it available to him after getting raked over the coals by our greedy local politicians.
Bicycle built for one

United States

#61 Jan 1, 2017
Not Worth It wrote:
All that Casinos will do is take your money--and fast. Your better off playing the state lottery, especially season tickets like megabucks or mass millions, or the numbers if your a daily gambler; your money will last a lot longer, and over the course of a year you may make some money as to opposed to probably losing a ton of money and qualifying for the poor house or welfare.

Do you ever notice that in the suburbs, where educated or well-to-do people live, they want no part of it because they know the destruction it brings to their lives.
The "well-to-do-people" have devised much more subtle methods on how to separate the less well off from their money. Plus, they don't want to have to compete with casinos from what they consider is their birthright, with the likes of Steve Wynn and upstarts like Freddy Foresteire.

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