PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Residents of Philadelphia’s Chinatown section are outraged over plans to locate the Foxwoods Casino in their neighborhood.
They let city and state officials have an earful at a raucous hearing the night of Oct. 9.
Hundreds of residents crowded into the Holy Redeemer Chinese Church for a public meeting on the proposal to put the casino at the Gallery, the city’s downtown shopping mall.
Children sporting T-shirts that said “No Casino in Chinatown” waved signs that said: “Don’t gamble with my future.” Posters accused Foxwoods of pushing gambling addiction on the community.
Mayor Michael Nutter’s spokesman, Terry Gillen, told the crowd this is Gov. Ed Rendell’s plan and it isn’t going away.
Foxwoods officials were silent for most of the meeting. ♦