Gambling, Economic Development, and Historic Preservation
PAS Report 469
By Christopher Chadbourne, Philip Walker, AICP, Mark Wolfe
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Gambling can be a winning proposition for everyone-not just the lucky blackjack player holding a hand of 21. This report looks at what it takes to ensure gambling contributes to a community's overall well-being.
Drawing on a review of current research, the report investigates the challenges that local officials, planners, and historic preservationists face when introducing casinos into a community. It examines ways to make sure that gambling operations contribute to the local economy and fit within the area's economic development and heritage tourism plans.
Five case studies illustrate the do's and don'ts of establishing gambling operations.
Table of Contents
1. The issues at hand
Economic effects • Land use and development • Historic preservation • Other issues
2. Case studies
Natchez, Mississippi • Joliet, Illinois • Davenport, Iowa • Deadwood, South Dakota • Blackhawk, Colorado • The experience of other gambling communities
3. Conclusions and recommendations
Economic effects • Land use and development patterns • Historic preservation • Other issues • The bottom line
List of references