With news of Las Vegas-based MGM and Toronto-based developers Cadillac Fairview, targeting the Exhibition Place as a destination for a Toronto casino/resort, heated debate has begun to swirl in and around Liberty Village.
Making news today in the Star, both sides of the discussion are becoming more organized and have taken to the web with the “No Casino Toronto” on one side and a new website by MGM resort on the other.
Needless to say, the proposal has met strong opposition. Three former Toronto mayors wrote a joint letter to Mayor Rob Ford arguing that the casino is not in the city’s best interest and claimed that it would bring its share of costs.
Revival, a bar in the heart of Little Italy hosted the last of a series of town halls, included a panel of those for and against the casino.
City councillor Mike Layton and Robert Sysak, of the West Queen West BIA, were opposed to the proposal. Alan Feldman, of MGM Resorts and Mike Yorke, of Carpenters Local 27 were for the idea of the mega casino and resort.
Where do you stand on the issue? How would an Exhibition Place casino impact the residents and employees of Liberty Village? What would this do to our already horrendous traffic and parking situation?
Clearly, more thought and discussion needs to take place about the logistics and social impact that a glitzy casino-resort would have on Liberty Village and the neighbouring Parkdale.
If you would like to join in the discussion with Mike Layton, our city councillor, be at the Brazen Head Pub on March 14th from 5:30 – 8:00pm to share your views.