Today is the deadline for proposals to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for a second casino license set aside for the city of Philadelphia, and at least six proposals have been made public. Among them are Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein’s plan to redevelop the former headquarters of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on North Broad Street; another proposal from gambling mogul Steve Wynn; and a pair of South Philly proposals near the sports stadiums complex, including a city-owned casino idea promoted by Congressman Bob Brady. Joining us to explain the city’s role in the casino-siting process and the Nutter administration’s thoughts on its initial stake in the casino game is ALAN GREENBERGER, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for economic development, commerce director and chairman of the Planning Commission. Then, we’ll get an update on the proposals made public thus far from SUZETTE PARMLEY, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s gaming reporter. Then, we’ll hear from DAN HAJDO, a member of the board of directors for Casino-Free Philadelphia, which works to stop casinos from coming to Philadelphia and close any that open.
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