Should Coney Island gamble on casinos?

Should Coney Island gamble on casinos?
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Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Markowitz are at odds over bringing casino gambling to Coney Island. Markowitz says that the People’s Playground would be a perfect fit for what he sees as a job-and-money generator for the neighborhood, but Bloomberg — who is personally opposed to gambling — say there’s no proof casinos improve the areas they’re built in.

“Yes and no. Casinos generate money and employment but mess up the community. There are many low-income people in Coney Island that will end up gambling and lose their rent and food money. It will generate jobs, but create financial problems for many.”
Edward Rivera
Coney Island
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We walked along the Boardwalk to see what both residents and visitors thought of bringing casinos to Coney Island:

“Casinos would be good in Coney Island because they would be close to my house.”
Mike Scodese
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“Yes, it brings money to the city.”
Howie Stozki
Dekran, New Jersey
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“I would love to see a casino in Coney Island. Casinos are cool.”
Anaelle Caroline
Paris, France
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“I’m not in favor of bringing a casino here. It is gross gentrification”
Margaret Powers
Providence, RI
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