Eyes on the Street poll: A casino on Callowhill?

    • Will the Inquirer building become part of a hotel-casino complex?
      Will the Inquirer building become part of a hotel-casino complex?

Since the license for a Foxwoods casino is officially dead, we’ve been wondering where a second casino might go in Philly, if at all.

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s pro-casino opinion piece in the Inquirer this week laid the groundwork for developer Bart Blatstein’s announcement Thursday that he’d like to turn the Inquirer building into a hotel and build a ‘spectacular’ casino behind it at 15h and Callowhill. Blatstein’s company Tower Investments bought the Inquirer property last year and is also redeveloping the former state office building at Spring Garden and North Broad.

Considering that Blatstein will have to jump through some big, flaming hoops to secure Philly’s second gaming license, Thursday’s announcement was a bold PR move. But then that’s how Blatstein does.

So today, dear EOTS readers, we want to know what you think of Bart’s big plans? Should the Bartistan – Blatstein’s westerly outpost along North Broad between Vine and Spring Garden – get a casino?


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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