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"The impact of casino proximity on northeast urban communities: A literature review," Paulette J. Olgivie, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 9, Article 36, 2022,

The following is an extract from the abstract of a paper in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications published in 2022.

The purpose of this article is to present a comprehensive review of casino proximity and northeast urban casinos and host communities to the discussion on the construct, casino proximity and the impact on northeast urban casino communities by explaining the implications to those communities through extensive literature review. The review found that 

(i) urban casinos are typically placed in low socio-economic communities with some existing gambling culture, 

(ii) socio-economic improvement are promised to existing disadvantaged communities prior to the adoption of casinos, but modest economic benefits realized in urban casino neighborhoods are unsustainable, and 

(iii) increased accessibility and availability of urban casinos due to proximity could increase casino participation, which in turn could potentially increase gambling-related problems. Results of this literature review also indicated that gambling-related problems from proximity to casinos could produce negative socio-economic outcomes for host communities. 

Key stakeholders (including legislators, community workers, social services professionals, scholar-practitioners, and the casino-gambling industry) could benefit from this review given the increase in urban casino in major metro areas, and the potential impact those casinos can have on host and neighboring communities.

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