Toledo mayor: Casino benefits our city

Toledo mayor: Casino benefits our city


CASINOS ARE EXPECTED TO BRING
JOBS AND AN ECONOMIC BOOST TO
MASSACHUSETTS, BUT WILL THAT
ACTUALLY BE THE CASE?
22NEWS REPORTER SHANNON HALLIGAN
TRAVELED TO TOLEDO, OHIO…A
CITY SIMILAR TO
SPRINGFIELD…AND TALKED WITH
PEOPLE ABOUT THE IMPACT THE
CASINO HAS HAD ON THE CITY.
WE SPOKE WITH THE MAYOR OF
TOLEDO AND ASKED HIM IF PEOPLE
WERE RESISTANT TO A CASINO AND
HE SAID OF COURSE. TOLEDO, OHIO
IS MUCH LIKE SPRINGFIELD. THE
TWO CITIES HAD UNEMPLOYMENT
RATES OVER 14% IN THE PAST THREE
YEARS. THE METROPOLITAN AREAS
ARE SIMILAR IN POPULATION SIZE.
RESIDENTS HERE WERE RESISTANT TO
BRINGING A CASINO BUT FROM WHAT
WE HEARD WHEN THE RECESSION HIT
MANY PEOPLE’S ATTITUDES TOWARD
IT CHANGED. A NEW BUSINESS
BROUGHT HOPE FOR SOME BUT
TRAFFIC AND CRIME WERE BIG
CONCERNS.
“AS A FORMER POLICE OFFICER HERE
IN THE COMMUNITY I HAVE NOT
SEEN ANY INFLUX IN TRAFFIC OR
CRIME, THEY’VE BEEN GOOD
NEIGHBORS, THAT’S BEST I CAN SAY
AT THIS POINT IN TIME.”
“GREATEST BENEFIT IS WHEN YOU
HAVE A CITY LIKE TOLEDO THAT IS
TRYING TO COME OUT OF RECESSION,
PEOPLE NEED A POSITIVE
MOTIVATION TO BELIEVE IN
SOMETHING THAT SOMEONE’S
PREPARED TO PUT A BUSINESS HERE
THAT COSTS A LOT OF MONEY INTO
THE CITY OF TOLEDO.” ON 22NEWS
STARTING AT 5, WE’LL TALK TO
BUSINESS OWNERS ABOUT HOW THIS
CASINO HAS AFFECTED THEM. IN
TOLEDO, OHIO, SHANNON HALLIGAN
22NEWS.

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