"Politicians and planners are also lured into difficulties through the perennial attraction of quick fixes. If only we had a (blank) we would be a world class city. Casinos are a common version of this familiar litany.
Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax perfectly illustrates how these quick fixes can do more harm than good. No doubt intended to open up the waterfront, the building presents a bleak and lifeless presences on the harbour's edge, with blank walls and dark glass windows facing the water and a large access for tour buses facing the city. With absolutely no reason to occupy the valuable waterfront site on which it's located, a site that clearly called for an extroverted and publicly minded presence, the casino has probably retarded the redevelopment of what is potentially some of the most valuable real estate in Maritime Canada."