Long before casinos were a reality in Ohio, whenever the idea came up to make them legal, opponents would argue their presence would increase crime in and around these businesses. It’s been a year since Horseshoe Cincinnati opened, and in the fourth part of our series looking back at that year we’ve found, so far, fears of prostitution, drug activity and violent crime haven’t been realized.
Supporters touted the potential economic benefits of casinos when the issue was placed on the ballot in 2009. So how is Cincinnati's casino is doing so far when it comes to economic impact?
From a jobs standpoint, the 1,700 workers at Horseshoe Cincinnati made it the largest of Ohio's four voter-approved casinos based on figures from last year. Add to that the dollars invested in the project and you have a sizeable impact on the economy so far.
It's been a year since Horseshoe Cincinnati opened its doors on March 4, 2013. This week, WVXU is revisiting the series we did when it opened to see how things have changed. Our first question? Are concerns about problem gambling coming true?