Van Campen Casino Op-ed

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Ana

Everett, MA

#1 Dec 3, 2012
A Guest Op- Ed by Alderman Robert Van Campen
There has been much talk and publicity recently about a proposed casino development on an industrial parcel along Lower Broadway. Many members of the City Council first learned about this potential development in a Boston Herald article highlighting Mayor DeMaria who appeared to be reviewing plans for this project.

Some in positions of leadership in our community have referred to this as a “windfall” opportunity for the City of Everett. But before residents of our community can realistically say that the “Wynn Plan” is such a windfall, they will need detailed information to make that decision and they will need answers to the questions that will most certainly be asked once those details are made public.
A destination resort casino development could potentially bring jobs to a community that desperately needs them; commercial development and investment to a community that has seen little in the past 5 to 6 years; and – depending on the ultimate design – could transform the face of one of Everett’s heavily industrial and undeveloped areas. Assuming that such a development could be accomplished with the best interests of Everett in mind, these are some of the potential positive attributes of a casino development.

On the negative side, such a development could increase crime in a community that already has a crime and gang problem; could increase drug use in a community that already struggles with a rampant illegal drug culture; and could usher into Everett all of the social ills that have been well-documented in numerous studies surrounding the impacts of casino developments on their host community. For all of these reasons, the people of Everett should tread very carefully before buying into the idea of a casino development in our community.

The plan proposed by Wynn Development is entirely conceptual and speculative at this point. The people of Everett have no idea what these buildings look like; they have no information as to how traffic impacts would be mitigated; how increased crime and other problems will be mitigated; or frankly, whether, if at all, a casino development would be the right development for Everett with a net benefit to its residents.

For years, the City has had no vision for the industrial parcels along Lower Broadway that are now being considered. Some in positions of leadership in Everett have even publicly stated that nobody would ever want to meaningfully develop these parcels. At that time I disagreed with such a statement, and I disagree today. Some community leaders previously advocated for the relocation of Wood Waste of Boston to this site (which would have effectively ended any chance to develop this area). The fact that Wynn Development may be interested in this site is positive news in an area that has had virtually no economic development vision for years.

In the final analysis – and in light of all of the uncertainty associated with this potential development – it would be wise for the people of Everett to reserve judgment as to whether such a development would be a positive or a negative for our community. Although Mayor DeMaria has told the Boston Herald that “the people of Everett would probably say yes” to a casino development, I believe it is far too early to determine whether we should be advocating for a casino or opposing it. There are too many unanswered questions, and the people of Everett – who will have the ultimate say – should demand much more information before rushing to judgment.

An initial public meeting to discuss this proposal has been scheduled for December 11th at 6:30p.m. at the Connolly Center. I urge all Everett residents to attend, and to ask any questions they may have.
Rug Doctor

Boston, MA

#2 Dec 3, 2012
Sorry but these politicians don't have a clue. There is no way in heck that a casino gets built there - ABSOLUTELY NONE!! I can just see Wynn cracking up on his way back to Vegas last week!!

There is an opportunity, a better opportunity that should go on that site.....a marijuana dispensary!!

But our fearless leaders who don't have a clue don't want one in Everett because a dispensary will be bad for the neighborhood!! But in that particular spot I have to ask what neighborhood? Who would be affected by having it there? Marijuana is an absolute goldmine!! If you have an opportunity buy stock in it because a little way down the road the major drug companies will buy them all out!

I don't smoke marijuana but I don't have a problem if people do....especially if it is prescribed by an MD.

I wonder if someone did a study - casino revenue vs marijuana revenue - I think we'd be surprised at which one would be higher.

As stated above the Common Council members didn't know anything about the casino until they saw the Mayor on tv or in the newspaper. I'm wondering why not? Bad communication or no communication?

When there's no plan in action it's only a dream.....and a wet one at that! Wynn knows all he needs to do is paint a picture that he might choose another site other than Boston to get what he really wants......just like when Kraft said he was moving the Patriots to Connecticut. What happened? The same thing that will happen again - Everett is Connecticut and it's called posturing and neither is really in the overall big picture.
say what

Malden, MA

#3 Dec 4, 2012
Rug Doctor wrote:
Sorry but these politicians don't have a clue. There is no way in heck that a casino gets built there - ABSOLUTELY NONE!! I can just see Wynn cracking up on his way back to Vegas last week!!
There is an opportunity, a better opportunity that should go on that site.....a marijuana dispensary!!
But our fearless leaders who don't have a clue don't want one in Everett because a dispensary will be bad for the neighborhood!! But in that particular spot I have to ask what neighborhood? Who would be affected by having it there? Marijuana is an absolute goldmine!! If you have an opportunity buy stock in it because a little way down the road the major drug companies will buy them all out!
I don't smoke marijuana but I don't have a problem if people do....especially if it is prescribed by an MD.
I wonder if someone did a study - casino revenue vs marijuana revenue - I think we'd be surprised at which one would be higher.
As stated above the Common Council members didn't know anything about the casino until they saw the Mayor on tv or in the newspaper. I'm wondering why not? Bad communication or no communication?
When there's no plan in action it's only a dream.....and a wet one at that! Wynn knows all he needs to do is paint a picture that he might choose another site other than Boston to get what he really wants......just like when Kraft said he was moving the Patriots to Connecticut. What happened? The same thing that will happen again - Everett is Connecticut and it's called posturing and neither is really in the overall big picture.
What are you saying ? You think a marijuana center should be put on that site ? You think a billionare shows interest in investing in the city and that should be ignored or dismissed ?
Rug Doctor

Boston, MA

#4 Dec 5, 2012
say what wrote:
<quoted text>
What are you saying ? You think a marijuana center should be put on that site ? You think a billionare shows interest in investing in the city and that should be ignored or dismissed ?
Why shouldn't a marijuana center be put on that site?
A billionaire showed up here because he wants to make more money. The same billionaire probably didn't even hear of Everett before he landed. Remember there are many more billionaires eying properties around this area too. Wait til someone gets smart and offers a plot of land just off of 95 in Byfield or Amesbury area.
That area will get everybody from the north coming south and it will get everybody from the Greater Boston area because you can get there is 20 minutes.
The only person having a dream about this location is the mayor. BTW did he remind Wynn of the property taxes 'round here?
steve wynn

Malden, MA

#5 Dec 5, 2012
Rug Doctor wrote:
<quoted text>Why shouldn't a marijuana center be put on that site?
A billionaire showed up here because he wants to make more money. The same billionaire probably didn't even hear of Everett before he landed. Remember there are many more billionaires eying properties around this area too. Wait til someone gets smart and offers a plot of land just off of 95 in Byfield or Amesbury area.
That area will get everybody from the north coming south and it will get everybody from the Greater Boston area because you can get there is 20 minutes.
The only person having a dream about this location is the mayor. BTW did he remind Wynn of the property taxes 'round here?
Every time rug doucher talks all you hear is dumb dumb daaaa dumb dumb doof doof dhaaaaa dumb dumb dooooooof.
sweet jesus

Marlborough, MA

#6 Dec 6, 2012
A casino is a rotten idea! The city is a mess. The traffic is already brutal and will only get worse. We don't need the trouble it will bring. Clean up the city so us honest hard-wording lifers will be proud of our city. 3 shootings that we know about in less than a month! Great bring in a casino so all the EBT holders can go spend what little money they have on the slots.
Fran

Malden, MA

#7 Dec 6, 2012
sweet jesus wrote:
A casino is a rotten idea! The city is a mess. The traffic is already brutal and will only get worse. We don't need the trouble it will bring. Clean up the city so us honest hard-wording lifers will be proud of our city. 3 shootings that we know about in less than a month! Great bring in a casino so all the EBT holders can go spend what little money they have on the slots.
The truth of the matter is that Wynn has a couple of sons that are 6 foot 2 and ya know Dib needs......... oh forget it.
Everett

Everett, MA

#8 Dec 6, 2012
Fran wrote:
<quoted text>The truth of the matter is that Wynn has a couple of sons that are 6 foot 2 and ya know Dib needs......... oh forget it.
It really doesn't matter if they live in Las Vegas either.
Rug Doctor

Boston, MA

#9 Dec 8, 2012
shhhhh!!! did you hear that? Me either. Casino must already be dead in the water.

In Foxboro, I heard something every single day for months.
steve wynn

Malden, MA

#10 Dec 9, 2012
Rug Doctor wrote:
shhhhh!!! did you hear that? Me either. Casino must already be dead in the water.
In Foxboro, I heard something every single day for months.
Hey rug douche they are having a meeting next week. Grow a set and show up.
Barbara

Everett, MA

#11 Dec 9, 2012
I wish we had room in Malden for a casino. I would love my taxes to go down. Instead we are going to get a stadium. Yawn!!!!!!!!!!
Everett Resident

Everett, MA

#12 Dec 9, 2012
If it should happen that Everett gets a casino, there is no way our taxes will go down....the infrastructure to support a casino would make our taxes go up !!!!
Rug Doctor

Boston, MA

#13 Dec 9, 2012
steve wynn wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey rug douche they are having a meeting next week. Grow a set and show up.
So, do you read your Everett newspaper while your napping on the job because you haven't heard anything in a real newspaper or on the news!
steve wynn

Malden, MA

#14 Dec 10, 2012
Everett Resident wrote:
If it should happen that Everett gets a casino, there is no way our taxes will go down....the infrastructure to support a casino would make our taxes go up !!!!
dope 1
steve wynn

Malden, MA

#15 Dec 10, 2012
Rug Doctor wrote:
<quoted text>So, do you read your Everett newspaper while your napping on the job because you haven't heard anything in a real newspaper or on the news!
dope 2
Paul

Revere, MA

#16 Dec 11, 2012
No casino on that sire.
The Casino is going right where it belongs.....SUFFOLK DOWNS.

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