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Harrah's Casino an economic boost, but not a cure, for ailing Chester

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Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

10 years ago, Pennsylvania legislators signed a law allowing casino gambling. With slots revenue down across the Commonwealth, people are wondering whether casinos are a good bet or just a quick budget fix.

It's 4 p.m., and a horse race wraps up at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. The casino is located on the former site of the Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, a factory that employed 35,000 people at its peak during World War II. The factory shut down in the 1980s.

Read the full version of this report at the website of Keystone Crossroads, a new statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a participating station.

Marielle Segarra was WHYY's Keystone Crossroads reporter. She reported for the multi-station partnership on urban policy, crumbling infrastructure and how distressed Pennsylvania cities are bouncing back. As a freelance radio reporter, her stories have also aired on Latino USA, WNYC, WBUR and other NPR member stations.
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