Mega-Casinos: Worth the Gamble?

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Title: Mega-Casinos: Worth the Gamble?
Author: Restrepo, David
Department: Bryn Mawr College. Growth and Structure of Cities Program
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: This thesis will analyze the effects of mega-casinos on their surroundings and the significance of the regional planning culture on the creation and functioning of a mega-casino. Economic decline as a result of unemployment and decreased tourism and consumer consumption has caused governmental agencies to transform the planning culture in order to legalize gambling and permit the construction of a casino. The likelihood of a beneficial venture is enhanced when the casinos include not only a gambling floor, but also an entertainment complex that houses a multitude of recreational activities. An examination of the development and regional planning cultures of the Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in Melbourne, Australia and Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut demonstrates how each mega-casino has drastically influenced the economic and cultural growth of the surrounding region. Ultimately, this paper will establish that the planning culture of a given area will change in order to facilitate the construction of a mega-casino in the face of an economic downturn. Furthermore, the allocation of revenue from each mega-casino complex will aid in exhibiting how the implementation of a mega-casino results in the bolstering of the local and state economy.
Subject: Crown Casino (Melbourne, Australia)
Subject: Casinos -- Economic aspects
Subject: Foxwoods Resort Casino
Subject: Casinos -- Government policy
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