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Court OKs Tohono O'Odham casino for Glendale

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Tohono O'Odham Nation's plan to establish reservation land in the middle of Glendale, land where the tribe wants to develop a Las Vegas-style casino. City and state officials have challenged the project in a "family-friendly" area.... Read more»

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I hope the Tohono O’odham just start building rather than wait for more foot dragging and red tape. Enough is enough already. It’s their land to do with what they see fit. If you don’t like casinos, don’t go to them.

I can offer expert testimony concerning how GOOD a casino is for an area. I has the misfortune of spending my teenage years living very close to Camino de Oeste and Valencia Road. My first “real” job was at that Circle K. After growing up there, and seeing it now, there have been MANY improvements.

Before the casino, going west from Cardinal, Valencia was pretty much a two-lane road with half-assed maintenance. The Manzanita Plaza strip mall was almost the last business of any sort going west from there. Bus service was horrible. It would come by to Valencia and Cardinal once every hour, and forget about it on Sunday. The east wall of the Circle K at Camino de Oeste was always lined with bums sitting on milk crates begging for quarters to buy 40’s of Milwaukee’s Best.

Now that Casino del Sol is out there, Valencia has been widened and improved and now has bike lanes. There’s now a post office, at least two parks, and a library. Several varied businesses have opened along Valencia and are flourishing. Bus service is now matching the needs of that neighborhood much closer.

So, these idiots who have a problem with Glendale’s casino that keep telling us that the sky is falling and it’s going to ruin the community are either lying, or have no idea what they’re talking about. Have them contact me, I’ll be glad to give them a tour of West Valencia Road, telling them all the before-and-after stories that I can think of.

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The Tohono O’odham Nation has unveiled plans for a Las Vegas-style casino on property in the middle of Glendale, but city officials say it has no place there. A court Tuesday sided with the tribe.

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