The proposed Wynn casino for Fishtown, which would be plopped down just near Penn Treaty Park.
It would be upsetting if it wasn’t so totally and completely doomed.
Those of us who had any skin, neighborhood-wise, in the SugarHouse ramp-up a few years back will surely remember FACT (Fishtown Action), the neighborhood group that splintered off when the Fishtown Neighborhood Association melted down in disaccord between people in Fishtown who knew that a casino there was total bullshit and people who thought the casino would give a job to them or someone they knew.
Despite being founded as an act of all-the-way disheartening knuckleheaded-ness, FACT is something of an established thing now, having reaped the benefits of negotiating the Community Benefits Agreement with Sugarhouse. So when a FACT rep spoke up at a recent community meeting regarding the proposal by gaming magnate Steve Wynn to place Philly’s second casino in Fishtown, what those present heard was surprising:
“The FACT board does not support another casino in Fishtown,” said FACT (Fishtown Action) president Maggie O’Brien. “As a matter of fact, we do not support another casino in Philadelphia.”
To which we say: Ha. And: Ouch. Fishtown had to learn the hard way, but they did learn, apparently. Nevertheless, as neighborhood activist A.J. Thompson noted, the Wynn proposal is barely an embryo at present. And, if we are to extend the analogy further, it’s got a crackhead for a mom (in the two-headed hydra that is Wynn and the PA Gaming Board), and, sorry, that baby is just not gonna make it.