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Neighbors see casino driving up land value | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 135 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from May 6, 2010, titled Neighbors see casino driving up land value | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Mohammad Jallaq, who bought the vacant Trader Bud's auto dealership on W. Broad Street in March for $620,000, said he has since turned down a couple of offers around $2 million.

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Lfod

Defiance, OH

#1 May 6, 2010
When will the bulldozers wipe out the criminal imigrant haven on the West side of Georgisville road. It used to be called Shannon Way
J Mc

Groveport, OH

#2 May 6, 2010
No it use to be called Lincoln Park.
Zoe

Athens, OH

#3 May 6, 2010
How much will someone pay for a taco stand?
sjack

Columbus, OH

#4 May 6, 2010
All I can say is best wishes and good luck. I think people are being overly optimistic about the casino's impact on the surrounding area. I go to the casino in Lawrenceburg and while a few businesses (hotels and restaurants) have sprouted, the road leading into (and out of) Hollywood Casino - Lawrenceburg has not changed much. People are forgetting that the casino itself is going to build a hotel and have restaurants. Most people are going to drive directly into the Casino's parking garage when they come to the area and leave the parking garage and go straight home. The casino will be the destination, not the area surrounding it. Outside of the areas immediately adjacent to the casino, I don't think it will revitalize the area at all.
Jimmy

Hightstown, NJ

#5 May 6, 2010
sjack,

I can understand where you're coming from but the revitalization is not only going to be for tourists and visitors to the area. Think of how much business from the west side has gone elsewhere since the downfall of that area. This rejuvenation will bring West Siders money back to the West Side!
Anyway

Columbus, OH

#6 May 6, 2010
I'm sick of hearing everyone bash the West side. Its not a bad area people! The West Broad corridor project was already in the works so it will be beautified and I do believe businesses along W. Broad WILL increase and improve. A little paving and landscaping goes a long way. Yes, Shannon Way/Lincoln Park is not the greatest but Broad St from Phillipi/Georgesville Rd to New Rome is a great area and I do believe this stretch of Broad will definately benefit from the new development. Time will tell. In my opinion, the EAST side is by far the most vile and disgusting section of Columbus with shootings and killings every day in the news. You don't hear about West side shootings on the news on a regular basis. And I should know, because I live there.
HOLLY

Cincinnati, OH

#7 May 6, 2010
sjack you have a very good point I never really thought about I was caught up in the excitemant of rebuilting the area but your right if your coming to the westside to go to the casino you go straight there than back home
YoderMan

New Kent, VA

#8 May 6, 2010
sjack wrote:
Most people are going to drive directly into the Casino's parking garage when they come to the area and leave the parking garage and go straight home. The casino will be the destination, not the area surrounding it. Outside of the areas immediately adjacent to the casino, I don't think it will revitalize the area at all.
I disagree. There is room for more than Penn National, If the area can be reformed, into a clean, safe, entertainment district, there will be opportunities for other restaurants and retail.

If nothing else, there will be 2,000 workers coming in and out of the casino on a daily basis, they will need services such as dry cleaners, child care, fuel, auto care, etc.
Economics Professor

Westerville, OH

#9 May 6, 2010
If you have property to sell, do it now. This casino is going to end up just like the current Westland Mall is a wasteland.
Why and who is going to be attracted to drive through the westside to this casino?
Penn National better put up a big electrified fence around their casino.
The crime that will follow the casino will make this area one of the most unsafe in Ohio.
John Q

Columbus, OH

#10 May 6, 2010
I agree with Eco Professor. As for Mr. Yee and other property owners, better sell sooner than later, before the casino operators make you an "offer you can't refuse," which will b well below the actual property value, but since you value your health you sell to them.
bucktarded

Mason, OH

#11 May 6, 2010
Have fun with your casino in the middle of nowhere.....I'm sure people will be lining up at the door.
Cheryl

Columbus, OH

#12 May 6, 2010
It looks like the big developers with the big dollars will profit. The little guy will get nothing. I don't foresee any increase in housing in the area - who would want to live near a casino?
I just don't look for a casino to do very well in Columbus in general and definitely not in that location.
Mike

Columbus, OH

#13 May 6, 2010
sjack is correct. All one has to do is look at Mountaineer Casino about 3 hours east of here in WV. That area was rundown before the casino and it's still rundown. I don't have any reason to believe our situation will be any different. As a resident of the west side, I would like it to improve the area. There just isn't good evidence for it.

Unfortunately, people hear casino and they think Vegas.
Hoping for better

Columbus, OH

#14 May 6, 2010
It's funny how the know it alls knew how the vote was going to go, they know how bad the westside is, they know all about how casinos operate and draw in the undesirables,and how things are going to be in the future.I'm hoping they have things ass backwards as they always seem to.The only sure thing about this whole mess is that the whiners and complainers can't wait to get up in the morning to bitch about something or anything. What a bunch of dopes.
John Blutarsky

Columbus, OH

#15 May 6, 2010
Zoe wrote:
How much will someone pay for a taco stand?
Hopefully those don't get driven out (literally). Those trucks have some really good food.
The Bottoms

Park Forest, IL

#16 May 6, 2010
Anyway wrote:
I'm sick of hearing everyone bash the West side. Its not a bad area people! The West Broad corridor project was already in the works so it will be beautified and I do believe businesses along W. Broad WILL increase and improve. A little paving and landscaping goes a long way. Yes, Shannon Way/Lincoln Park is not the greatest but Broad St from Phillipi/Georgesville Rd to New Rome is a great area and I do believe this stretch of Broad will definately benefit from the new development. Time will tell. In my opinion, the EAST side is by far the most vile and disgusting section of Columbus with shootings and killings every day in the news. You don't hear about West side shootings on the news on a regular basis. And I should know, because I live there.
If the west side is so great, why is it referred to as "THE BOTTOMS?" When I moved to central Ohio, people told me that the west side had a lot of poorly educated refugees from Appalachia. That doesn't sound like prime real estate to me.
Sonny

United States

#17 May 6, 2010
And on the eighth day, on the west side, the shovel's pierced the earth.
The Bottoms

Park Forest, IL

#18 May 6, 2010
Hoping for better wrote:
It's funny how the know it alls knew how the vote was going to go, they know how bad the westside is, they know all about how casinos operate and draw in the undesirables,and how things are going to be in the future.I'm hoping they have things **** backwards as they always seem to.The only sure thing about this whole mess is that the whiners and complainers can't wait to get up in the morning to **** about something or anything. What a bunch of dopes.
If the casino happens to "draw in the undesirables" they'll fit right in around "THE BOTTOMS." The casino will also have plently of poorly educated and low wage employees to select from the local population. Why? There are many refugees from Appalachia on the west side of Columbus. Truth be told, the coal miner's daughter might be able to get a job as a cocktail waitress if she can just get her teeth fixed. Moreover, a guy that escaped from a deliverence community in West Virginia might even be able to obtain a job with a casino band; if he just learned that every song isn't supposed to include dueling banjos.
The Bottoms

Park Forest, IL

#19 May 6, 2010
Sonny wrote:
And on the eighth day, on the west side, the shovel's pierced the earth.
They didn't find any coal on the eighth day, so they might as well try to get a landscaping job at one of the casinos. Or, they can return to Appalachia.
Mama S

Spartanburg, SC

#20 May 6, 2010
The Bottoms wrote:
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If the west side is so great, why is it referred to as "THE BOTTOMS?" When I moved to central Ohio, people told me that the west side had a lot of poorly educated refugees from Appalachia. That doesn't sound like prime real estate to me.
Not all of the West Side is considered "The Bottoms". The Bottoms is the "near" westside, closest to the Downtown area. I believe it is past Central Ave. that it becomes the Hilltop. The west side as a whole is not a bad area. There is good and bad. The area in which the Casino is going is closer to the good than the bad.

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