Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Casinos might open in Philly in 15 years
Our [that means us Fluffians'] mayor and the city's chief lawyer think we're being silly, but they have to let us vote because we collected enough valid signatures and City Council agrees with us enough to overide a veto. So what if a referendum to restrict all casino development in the city of Philadelphia to the former naval shipyard and the tidal mud flats under the piers of the Betsy Ross Bridge is held after the commonwealth's legislature has already voted to supercede all local zoning authority when it comes to the placement of the newly legalized, fabulous palaces of chance? I think we [meaning those of us who live here] know what the results of the referendum would (and hopefully will) be. So what if Commonwealth Court invalidates the results because the legislature thinks it has the authority to tell the population of Philadelphia where its two [for now] casinos have to be built despite a legally administered democratic referendum expressing a contrary opinion by a majority of the population? All I know is that casinos have breen sprouting up like toadstools on cow paddies in more economically challenged and less overcrowded parts of the commonwealth, but no one has even broken ground in Philly [or is likely to any time in the immediate future].