Only fitting that Sen. Larry Farnese got the first slot for addressing the gaming board: all six applicants have proposed projects within his district, which also includes the one existing gaming hall, SugarHouse.
Farnese said it would "difficult if not unfair to chose a particular favorite."
But the South Philadelphia Democrat gave some hints of how he's leaning. His big message to gaming board: don't go with the project that's the lowest risk. Think big and pick a project that would yield the most economic benefit for the city.
If the only mandate of the board was to generate revenue, Farnese said, the board should "build the biggest box you could, put in as many slots as you could and open for business."
Farnese told commissioners they should focus on:
Farnese said commissioners should focus on the "context" of a project and how it could revitalize or energize a neighborhood.