Comment 84263

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted December 20, 2012 at 16:47:22 in reply to Comment 84220

Fine letter and a lovely sentiment regarding the arts, but of course downtown Hamilton seemed like an attractive location for a new casin0 development 16 years ago, when two-way streets were still a pipe dream and Johnny Papalia still walked the earth.

"The prospect of a new casin0 in the Greater Toronto Area — maybe in downtown Hamilton — is sure to revive local memories of the Great Downtown Casin0 Debate of 1996-8....

The Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville area was awarded three licences and private companies were created to operate the clubs. One even took out a building permit for a casin0 in the near-vacant west end of Jackson Square, while Effort Trust took out a permit for a speculative casin0 in its Effort Square/Ramada Hotel building.

City council seemed to like the idea initially. In 1996 it created a downtown casin0 zone bounded by Cannon, Jackson, Caroline and Wellington streets where anyone with a provincial licence would be welcome to open a g@ming club."

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