Ohio's urban casino future

November 4, 2009
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Ohio residents looking to be separated from their bank accounts via one-armed bandits won't have to cross borders soon, thanks to a vote yesterday. See story here.

Anyone surprised by this vote might also be shocked to learn that many theater companies will be staging "A Christmas Carol" next month

Indiana casinos, of course, will feel the impact. But could that impact have been mitigated if our casinos had, during their relatively competition-free grace period, done more to develop themselves as destinations beyond the slot machines? In hindsight, was the "oasis" strategy of putting casinos in less-populated areas counter to what the market really wants? Will you be more likely to stop into a Cleveland or Columbus casino simply because you are more likely to find yourself in Cleveland or Columbus than you are in Hammond or French Lick?

And what can Indiana casinos do now to retain and, if possible, actually grow their audiences?

Your thoughts?


 

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  • Fail
    The "oasis" strategy didn't work. Sure, it made sense to put them up near Lake Michigan, and I think French Lick will ultimately be a good destination. However instead of the two racinos, it would have made so much more sense to put a casino in Downtown Indy. With our convention traffic, it would have been a hit year around, not to mention bring even more locals downtown. It is a missed opportunity now.
  • The Party is Over
    A casino in Indianapolis or Fort Wayne would be a terrible idea. It would only shift existing entertainment spending from locals and not bring in any "new" money from out of state to our economy. We already have two casinos within a 30 minute drive, a downtown off track betting parlor, Hoosier Lottery sales,and countless "charity" gambling venues.

    Just waiting for some politician to suggest legal sales of marijuana or prostitution.
  • Anderson to Indy
    The need to close the struggling Anderson Hoosier Park Racino and move it to downtown Indy to capture all the possible revenue from conventions, Final Fours, Super Bowl, Indy 500 visitors Etc. That would bring in a lot more out of town money than Anderson, which was once a nice City, but now is a shadow of itself and smaller than Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, and Avon.
  • Casinos
    The original thinking on the tracks was to help Indiana's struggling horse industry. At least that's how legislators sold gambling to the public. It was an awful mistake to locate the first track in Anderson instead of in Marion County. It was a bad decision to open a second track. Our gambling boats have raked in a lot of out-of-state money, which subsidized the horse tracks. That's probably over now.
  • Casinos
    The original thinking on the tracks was to help Indiana's struggling horse industry. At least that's how legislators sold gambling to the public. It was an awful mistake to locate the first track in Anderson instead of in Marion County. It was a bad decision to open a second track. Our gambling boats have raked in a lot of out-of-state money, which subsidized the horse tracks. That's probably over now.
  • No Casino In Indy
    Indianapolis casino supporters are not going after "out of town travelers". They are targeting residents of the largest city in Indiana. Of course, uneducated center township residents would be the biggest patrons.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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