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Old 02-28-2014, 02:40 PM
Location: Milwaukee
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Originally Posted by jimnelson1 View Post
The casino issue was on the ballot in 2012 and was voted down.
according to this the election never actually happened--

"Election results: Results were not tabulated due to litigation."

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Old 03-01-2014, 04:46 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Originally Posted by Rock Climber View Post
Here's what Hot Springs needs. One or two casinos---with very strongly written restrictions and requirements. Stipulate that up to three casinos can operate in the city. Limit them to the downtown area. Specify architectural requirements such as that they be built of REAL masonry, limestone real brick, wooden window muntins, in other words, faux historic, but the highest quality faux historic possible. Prohibit neon and mirrored glass. In short, make them look like a part of the city fabric, and not some trash from Shreveport or Tunica. Keep it classy. Limit them to 13-15 stories.

The city already has gambling. It could be handled in a way that keeps the character of the downtown, but also drives huge numbers of tourists there. None of the other gambling meccas of the South have anything remotely as cool as Hot Springs does. Its a real destination that offers all kinds of attractions already, in a beautiful setting.

Casinos would agree to these types of restrictions, because their business is generally very lucrative. This would help the city maintain its character, increase its attractions, etc. You could also stipulate that a certain percentage of casino revenues be reinvested into restoration of city-owned historic properties. Kind of a slot machine TIF district. I really think it could be done in a nice way. Look at Blackhawk Colorado and other similar cities that have limited the size of casinos and managed to keep their historic integrity at the same time.
yes, if there was gambling and a little updating, it would become a wonderful vacation hot place for a lot of people, but we do not have legalized gambling in AR. except at the race track, so your idea can't work til be change our laws. I don't see that happening in the near future. It would be nice to see a CLASSY gambling area along with the hot springs etc.
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