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Old 04-13-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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There's been a lot of talk about possible casinos in downtown GR. Now there's talk of two competing groups looking at building a casino in/near downtown. First that have to get it on the ballot and passed by Michigan taxpayers (to add more casinos throughout the State)

Casino plans would be 'devastating' to Sligh Furniture complex antique shops in Grand Rapids | MLive.com

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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There's been a lot of talk about possible casinos in downtown GR. Now there's talk of two competing groups looking at building a casino in/near downtown. First that have to get it on the ballot and passed by Michigan taxpayers (to add more casinos throughout the State)

Casino plans would be 'devastating' to Sligh Furniture complex antique shops in Grand Rapids | MLive.com

Good or bad?
I have mixed feelings about it. It would add to the already strong level of vibrancy downtown. It would also add another entertainment variety to the mix, which would help create the impression that there's "something for everyone."

But... I don't really care for the casino culture, and it would somewhat take away from the family-friendly vibe of downtown GR. Personally, I think casinos are smoke-filled and depressing. I picture elderly people hauling around oxygen tanks while smoking and gambling away their social security checks (at least, this is what it seems like in Mt. Pleasant).
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: USA
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We built a small casino in my home town, and it didn't seem to make much of a difference. It created like 100 jobs or so but very little of the money went back into the town.

It was because the development company who got the contract was based in Nevada and while they promised it would boost the local economy, in reality most of the money just went back to Nevada and did very little to ease the tax burden of the citizens.

As far as I can tell, It didn't really increase crime. Though the crime rate has risen in recent years, It would be hard to prove the casino is to blame. One observation is that people also didn't come into the city to spend money outside of the casino as all services (food, hotel, entertainment) were provided within the casino itself.

Casino's are odd as they don't seem to have to play by the rules other business' do. The no smoking inside rules, as well as last call for booze rules... I believe they claim it hurts their business, but I'd venture to guess those rules also hurt bar's business as well.

With all that said, I don't care either way. I don't gamble personally and wouldn't care if it was in the town. I dunno how it would go over with residents of GR as we know GR is a bit of a conservative/religions place. The city would have to make a pretty compelling argument as to how its presence will help ease the burden of everyday citizens.. (like in regard to taxes.)

One thing the article seems to highlight is "The group is trying to raise $50 million and gather enough petition signatures by July to get their plans on the November ballot, which would give statewide voters the option of amending the state constitution to allow for the blitz of new casinos."

I would hope the citizens of grand rapids would get to vote on a local level if they want this thing in their town as opposed to just letting EVERYONE in Michigan decide for us. That's my only real concern at this point.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins, CO
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A casino in GR?? can they sell alchohol there on sunday yet? LOL
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: East Grand Rapids, MI
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A casino in GR?? can they sell alchohol there on sunday yet? LOL
1980 called.... it wants your GR stereotype back. ;-)
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:37 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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A casino in GR?? can they sell alchohol there on sunday yet? LOL
Yeah, that stereotype is so outdated, I couldn't even muster a courtesy laugh. And I can laugh at just about anything.

There are lots of people making a good living off drunk people in downtown GR.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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A casino in GR?? can they sell alchohol there on sunday yet? LOL
Haha. Even Hudsonville and Zeeland allow liquor sales now. I never thought I'd see that. Thank God almighty!

But I have to say, I don't think a casino will be built on Amway owned property as long as Rich Devos is alive.
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