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From Eyes on the Street: Considering SugarHouse at “Year Won”

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Last weekend SugarHouse celebrated “Year Won.” But was its first year a winner?

Let’s review.

The Inquirer reported Sunday that SugarHouse’s first year was marked by growing pains. The piece pointed out that SugarHouse’s revenue was more than $100 million short of even conservative projections, and that table gaming has proven more popular than slot machines there. The latter is not great news for Pennsylvania since its revenue comes through the 55% tax on slots. So, was it a slow start or is SugarHouse’s limp first year evidence of a bad bet made in the public’s name?

Casino-Free Philadelphia released its own report card on SugarHouse’s first year in business, as Newsworks reported last week. Not surprisingly, their portrait of the casino and its presence in Philadelphia is less rosy than the one SugarHouse is projecting.

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About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.



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