Making the case for Syracuse Harbor Downs
In-city racetrack for greatest economic development.
June 21, 2011
To the Editor:
I have no clear opinion on the merits of horse racing or the wagering associated with it. But if a racetrack is to be built, I recommend it be built in Syracuse for several reasons:
I suggest building a racetrack in the area south of the Inner Harbor enclosed by the canal, Kirkpatrick and Spencer streets and Hiawatha Boulevard, which includes roughly 130 acres. Welcome to Syracuse Harbor Downs!
Admittedly, it will take more time and effort to consolidate this area for development. But consider the benefits:
The current proposal is to build a harness-racing track. However, I strongly urge pursuing a Class-A racetrack. Class-A racing is far more prestigious and would attract a wealthier clientele that would stimulate the local economy much more. There is a rather large equine industry in the Syracuse region. A Class-A racetrack could be the key attraction whose visibility could help promote the whole industry. It would greatly increase Syracuse's media presence and marketability, giving Syracuse the reputation of a more dynamic, attractive and growing city worth visiting or moving to.
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