Casino Proves to Be a plus for Community in Pennsylvania

Bensalem, Pa. is by all accounts an area of Greater Philadelphia very similar to East Boston and Revere. Bordering the northwest corner of Philly, Bensalem has long been a diverse ethnic enclave with blue-collar roots that prides itself on the hard work of it’s residents and small business owners.

In 2006 the Philadelphia Park Racetrack was awarded a conditional slots license by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and began building a casino at the aging racetrack. By 2010 the racetrack, renamed Parx Casino and Racing, was a full-scale 24-hour casino with 3,500 slots, 140 table games, restaurants and a racetrack.

We talked with numerous business owners, realtors, elected officials and law enforcement agents with the intent to print anything and everything they said about Parx Casino whether good or bad.

What we found is that the casino in Bensalem was not the ruination of a small hardworking blue-collar town but help jumpstart the revival of Bensalem and many people there welcomed the addition.

Last year Money Magazine named Bensalem one of the Top 100 places to live in the U.S., an honor that Bensalem Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo loves to point out.

DiGirolamo, Bensalem’s five-term mayor who was reelected in 2009, said in the past few years there’s been a boom in development and more and more people are flocking from the neighboring big city to his town.

5 comments for “Casino Proves to Be a plus for Community in Pennsylvania

  1. drensber
    October 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Why don’t you do a report on any of the 99% of other communities who regret their decision to allow a casino to come into town?

  2. Big G
    October 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    What a joke half the bars in Revere had or still have poker/video machines that pay out in points?//(Points= Cash) And they dont pay the city taxes on there machines earnings cash all day long

  3. George J Rotondo Jr.
    October 17, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I agree Bensalem has done well. Being a Township of 58,000 people next to route 276 it has done very.
    However ,my uncle lives in Levittown not far from Bensalem. He tells me Bensalem is more like Wakefield or Lynnfield and in no way is similar to Revere or East Boston. Check for yourself.

  4. drensber
    October 18, 2013 at 8:10 am

    The decline in revenues should scare everyone. Casinos are mostly popular with old people. The younger generation is interested in other things, and as the 50’s generation dies, so will the gambling industry. If MA had done this 25 years ago, it might make sense, but at this point we already missed the boat. Much better to re-develop the S.D. site as some sort of innovation center. As Cambridge is verging on being over-built, companies will need other T-accessible sites to build new labs and offices. I really think that the present set of “leaders” in Revere are scared of such an idea, because it might bring a new set of smart people into the area, who will eventually get into politics and destroy the mafia-style hold that the dirty old dumb guys have had on Revere for the past 100 years. An end to that would be good for everyone except the dirty old dumb guys.

    It’s your choice, Revere. Pull the right lever (and that means one that doesn’t lead to a slot machine) on Nov. 5th!

  5. drensber
    October 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Did the property owner of the Bensalem casino partner with one casino company and then pull a switch-and-bait at the last minute? Did the mayor of Bensalem then try to insult his constituents intelligence by telling them “Move along, there’s nothing to see here. Nothing’s really changed”? In short, was Bensalem as fucked up as Revere is to start with?

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