Top story #2: Casino debate period ending
- Casino protesters planned a big rally today to highlight their demands that more time be allowed before any proposals are approved, so that more community input can be had and their largest concerns addressed. The event brought together a number of local groups that had previously been working separately, which may auger more substantive actions ahead.
- One of the largest concerns of neighbors of the proposed casino sites is unmanageable traffic. Planners have retained experts and produced hefty piles of analysis, but neighbors fear they'd be the losers if city planners didn't follow through on the construction required or if traffic flow from casinos and other new development swamped the available street capacity.
- The Inquirer editorial page joins the fray, arguing that improvements to the I95 access points should be moved up, even before any final casino location decision is made, lest residents face several years of snarled traffic on tiny side streets before new ramps are finished.
- In a lighter vein, D-Mac notes that Pittsburg casino planners took a more direct route to gaining community support: they hired poor folks to pack their public meetings with friendly faces. heh.