The Enquirer is reporting that a group led by Former Mayor Luken is attempting to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to allow a casino in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, and Columbus. The Cincinnati location would be Broadway Commons.
Adding a casino to Broadway Commons would be a great addition to the urban core. With a casino on Broadway Commons and The Banks underway three downtown entertainment districts would emerge, The Banks, centered at Freedom Way (1st Street) and Main, Fountain Square at 6th and Walnut, and Broadway Commons at Central Parkway (11th St.) and Broadway.
These entertainment districts would be spread out across Downtown, but the proposed streetcar line would tie them all together. If someone staying in a hotel at The Banks wanted to visit the casino, it would be about a 1.8 mile round trip walk. (1.8 miles is about the distance from the Zoo to Xavier University). With a streetcar, they can pick up the train at The Banks and get dropped off two blocks away from the casino. The travel would be both directions, as people staying in the casino’s hotel would want to ride the streetcar down to the new Central Riverfront Park.
Adding a casino to Broadway Commons would provide another destination along the streetcar line, building the streetcar would connect the casino to the rest of Downtown and Uptown. Both will create a more exciting and dynamic Downtown and increase the tax base to fund services in all 52 neighborhoods.