Mount Airy casino is little boost

Mount Airy casino is little boost

There are 35 comments on the The Morning Call story from Oct 20, 2008, titled Mount Airy casino is little boost. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

The sign on the corner of Route 611 and Woodland Road in Paradise Township says that a bank will rise at the site, which leads to the entrance to Mount Airy Casino Resort.

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Imagine That

Clifton Heights, PA

#1 Oct 20, 2008
I posted years ago when this casino craze started about ill conceived notions of economic development "trickle down". I mentioned the casino in Cherokee NC. While the casino appears to be doing well, there is nothing new or "grand" to speak of around the casino or even close to the casino. These casinos are a drain on the local economy. They will, in fact, lead to the closing of local establishments. The local officials were hood winked on this one. Take that to the bank!
Voice of the LV

West Chester, PA

#2 Oct 20, 2008
It will be interested to see what happens in Bethlehem when Sands Corp opens their big casino. Either it is going to make or break Bethlehem, and it this case, if the economy is worse than it is now, it is going to take the whole city down with it!
I think they got in way over their heads with this investment. People dont have money to gamble these days, it is more important to feed and clothes their families and most people in our area are working more than 1 job and dont have the time to waste their money at the casino. I just hope it doesnt turn downtown Bethlehem into a giant slum, because it is a great city.
Time will tell.
Rubber

Spring Mount, PA

#3 Oct 20, 2008
Voice of the LV wrote:
It will be interested to see what happens in Bethlehem when Sands Corp opens their big casino. Either it is going to make or break Bethlehem, and it this case, if the economy is worse than it is now, it is going to take the whole city down with it!
I think they got in way over their heads with this investment. People dont have money to gamble these days, it is more important to feed and clothes their families and most people in our area are working more than 1 job and dont have the time to waste their money at the casino. I just hope it doesnt turn downtown Bethlehem into a giant slum, because it is a great city.
Time will tell.
Trust me, the success of the casino is not going to make or break Bethlehem. Bethlehem has always had, and continues to have, a diversified economy. We have universities, hospitals, and other employers who are not going anywhere. Bethlehem is a great city, and great cities don't rise and fall based upon the success (or failure) of a single enterprise.
The River

Whitehall, PA

#4 Oct 20, 2008
Rubber wrote:
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Trust me, the success of the casino is not going to make or break Bethlehem. Bethlehem has always had, and continues to have, a diversified economy. We have universities, hospitals, and other employers who are not going anywhere. Bethlehem is a great city, and great cities don't rise and fall based upon the success (or failure) of a single enterprise.
Bethlehem is better than Allentown, but by no means "great." Yeah, the downtown is nice and quaint, but the people that run the city are backwards, crime is a growing problem, and the local economy does NOT have a solid employment base. When your largest employers are hospitals and universities, there is something wrong. And it's pathetic that Martin Tower is basically unused.
Do not doubt the ill effects that a casino can have on a smaller community like Bethlehem.
Brian

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Oct 20, 2008
Casino aside...you don't know what you are talking about. Having your largest employer be in the health care and education field is a GOOD thing. Those are solid employers that are not going to close or lay people off due the whims of the economy. And they provide a good mix of higher paying jobs as well as entry level jobs.

What everyone is forgetting is that the land where the casino is being built casino was a polluted, decaying eyersore. Even if they open and close right away, Bethlehem will be better for it. No one else would have made the investment into cleaning up that lot.

I do though agree that local busineses for the most part will see no increase in business. People who go to a casino tend to stay in the confines of the casino. But I don't think locals will stop going to local businesses in order to patronize a casino restaurant or bar more than the local places they already go to.
The River wrote:
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Bethlehem is better than Allentown, but by no means "great." Yeah, the downtown is nice and quaint, but the people that run the city are backwards, crime is a growing problem, and the local economy does NOT have a solid employment base. When your largest employers are hospitals and universities, there is something wrong. And it's pathetic that Martin Tower is basically unused.
Do not doubt the ill effects that a casino can have on a smaller community like Bethlehem.
Really

Macungie, PA

#6 Oct 20, 2008
It is a matter of time for Bethlehem. The signs are everywhere already, even on Man St.

I respect the valley's second city for hanging on for a while but the casino will be the final nail in the coffin.
elektra

Doylestown, PA

#7 Oct 20, 2008
Differences in expected residual benefit from a convenience casino vs a destination casino were emphasized repeatedly during the licensing process by both Spectrum Gaming and Mt. Airy competitors. The convenience model is parasitic in its design, conversely destination models result in residual business. Mt. Airy's revenue challenges will increase when the Beth Sands opens, as then geographically they are between two competitors with superior facilities which are more accessible by the same feeder markets. Meanwhile, the Poconos tourism market becomes progressively more vulnerable to migration to competing destinations, as the bedroom community real estate market increases. Mt. Airy's marketing costs to compete will need to increase to compete... it deals a business plan not designed to be the "solution", if anything it could exacerbate the Poconos economic challenges. For over four decades the Poconos could have benefited from a convention center. Instead of being objective and rallying behind a plan that could withstand the competitive gaming plans in neighboring markets, the political and business leaders dealt the area another chilling blow in its ability to regain balance to the economic base. There are times when outside influence is a good thing in bringing more diverse and competitive business into the area... the gaming opportunity was one of those times, and the state/Poconos politicians blew it up. We are left only to wonder "why"? Moreover, will they do anything to right their mess?
Voice of the LV

West Chester, PA

#8 Oct 20, 2008
Rubber wrote:
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Trust me, the success of the casino is not going to make or break Bethlehem. Bethlehem has always had, and continues to have, a diversified economy. We have universities, hospitals, and other employers who are not going anywhere. Bethlehem is a great city, and great cities don't rise and fall based upon the success (or failure) of a single enterprise.
I hope you are right about that, I really do. Because I do enjoy patronizing the small businesses on Main St and downtown eateries. It is a nice place to walk and enjoy the year round festivities. There is a nice art community also there. Im hoping that the casino will not have a negative affect on this nice community.

“Too soon old, too late smart..”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Oct 20, 2008
Imagine That wrote:
...The local officials were hood winked on this one. Take that to the bank!
I agree with most of what you said - except the last sentence. I've always felt that at least SOME "local officials" must have already seen some profit from the casino project...
Richard Simmons

Scranton, PA

#10 Oct 20, 2008
Really wrote:
...Man St...
Oooooh, where's that?
BloodRedSky

Chicopee, MA

#11 Oct 20, 2008
Voice of the LV wrote:
It will be interested to see what happens in Bethlehem when Sands Corp opens their big casino. Either it is going to make or break Bethlehem, and it this case, if the economy is worse than it is now, it is going to take the whole city down with it!
I think they got in way over their heads with this investment. People dont have money to gamble these days, it is more important to feed and clothes their families and most people in our area are working more than 1 job and dont have the time to waste their money at the casino. I just hope it doesnt turn downtown Bethlehem into a giant slum, because it is a great city.
Time will tell.
I disagree with one thing you had to say! The casino's in Atlantic City are always filled, especially on weekend! The same goes for Mount Airy! I think the Sands will do well because the people in the Lehigh Valley won't have to drive as far as they do now to gamble! The Sands will put a dent into AC and Mount Airy! The Sands will also put a hurting on the local bus companies who run people down to AC! Not to mention The Downs seems to always be packed as well at every time of day!I don't even gamble but I thing the Sands will be a good thing for Bethlehem as long as they invest in the entire area around the Sands!
RonMania

Easton, PA

#12 Oct 20, 2008
I guess we will never have enough opinions about the casino?? Lets have some more!!
Sands sinking

AOL

#13 Oct 20, 2008
like walking on quicksand all this beth sand is going to bring is a bailout for sheldon adelson and maybe the boy mayor.

it's lose lose gamble for everybody. main st still gets their coffe and bagel business but everything else is going down the schidt tube.
Sands sinking

AOL

#14 Oct 20, 2008
BloodRedSky wrote:
<quoted text>I disagree with one thing you had to say! The casino's in Atlantic City are always filled, especially on weekend! The same goes for Mount Airy! I think the Sands will do well because the people in the Lehigh Valley won't have to drive as far as they do now to gamble! The Sands will put a dent into AC and Mount Airy! The Sands will also put a hurting on the local bus companies who run people down to AC! Not to mention The Downs seems to always be packed as well at every time of day!I don't even gamble but I thing the Sands will be a good thing for Bethlehem as long as they invest in the entire area around the Sands!
who the hell are you talking to . most of the people on here were never at a casino. the ones that were have some pension money to waste and when that dries up there is no more in the piggy bank.
Sands sinking

AOL

#15 Oct 20, 2008
BloodRedSky wrote:
<quoted text>I disagree with one thing you had to say! The casino's in Atlantic City are always filled, especially on weekend! The same goes for Mount Airy! I think the Sands will do well because the people in the Lehigh Valley won't have to drive as far as they do now to gamble! The Sands will put a dent into AC and Mount Airy! The Sands will also put a hurting on the local bus companies who run people down to AC! Not to mention The Downs seems to always be packed as well at every time of day!I don't even gamble but I thing the Sands will be a good thing for Bethlehem as long as they invest in the entire area around the Sands!
"I don't even Gamble"

Who wrote this article for you, mayor callahan
Sands sinking

AOL

#16 Oct 20, 2008
got anything to add to that Ron Mania ? Would you go to a place thats rigged to take your money ?

I never was at a casino and won't be going to this one.
Fast Eddie

Allentown, PA

#17 Oct 20, 2008
Well, either we raise taxes to take more of people's money, or we open more casinos so that they can just give it to us. Do the math.

~ the Gov.
Irish Girl

Bristol, PA

#18 Oct 20, 2008
Well well Surprised???
READ THIS MAYOR CALAHAN!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not against the Bethlehem casino BUT when I see Allentown residents getting a huge cut in their city taxes where Bethlehem won't because it was voted down it ticks me off! Every one bragged about the money this will bring to Bethlehem and supposed tax breaks HA HA- I'll guess we will see!
Irish Girl

Bristol, PA

#19 Oct 20, 2008
My husband & I went to Atlantic city on the 12th of October. We had bought tickets over the summer. Although this time I spent just a small amount - like people stated who has the extra money? Well I was suprised to how busy the casino's were. While we spent most our time walking the boardwalk on such a beautiful day casino after casino was packed with people gambling. I also had a friend go to Mt Airy that weekend she said it was packed.
People seem to finding money somewhere to gamble with.
RonMania

Easton, PA

#20 Oct 20, 2008
Sands sinking wrote:
got anything to add to that Ron Mania ? Would you go to a place thats rigged to take your money ?
I never was at a casino and won't be going to this one.
Sorry Sands, but YEP!! A few free drinks, women in skimpy outfits, chance to increase your bankroll, listen to a bunch of BS stories, pick up some loose chippy's floating around, NOW THAT'S a RonMania DAY!!!

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