When Trump Didn’t Get His Philly Casino


"Rendering of the proposed TrumpStreet casino, which was part of a presentation to the Gaming Control Board."

“Rendering of the proposed TrumpStreet casino, which was part of a presentation to the Gaming Control Board.”

  • Dan McQuade takes us back a decade when Donald Trump wasn’t a serious contender for the Presidency, but was campaigning for a Pennsylvania gaming license and the opportunity to build a TrumpStreet Casino at the defunct Budd Company factory in Nicetown. Although he tried to woo the community with a substantial benefits agreement, the mogul’s Atlantic City casinos undermined his bid, as the Gaming Control Board feared he would use the Philadelphia location to lure gamblers to the lower taxes of New Jersey. Mr. Trump did not take the decision well; he sued the Board, and questioned Governor Rendell’s integrity.
  • Inquirer gastronome Craig LaBan considers the fundamental shift in Fishtown’s character during the last two decades, with the DIY mentality of artisan brewers, distillers, roasters, and bakers having synced well with developer Roland Kassis’ vision “to control every single property on Frankford [Avenue] and create something beautiful… a national destination.”
  • The Mayor’s Committee on Infrastructure and Transportation, a transitional advisory team, released this week a report detailing its recommendations on how to further the administration’s agenda for safer streets during its first year, says Billy Penn. These include: implementing a “Vision Zero Action Plan;” establishing an Office of Complete Streets, whose director would coordinate street projects with various city agencies; expanding the trail network and the Indego BikeShare Program; and strategizing how best to ensure the safety of travelers across and along the Roosevelt Boulevard.
  • The Passyunk Post reports that the Newbold Civic Association and Newbold Community Development Corporation are to merge; the civics will meet next Monday to fill out their expanded committees
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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