Views and Perspectives of Springfield Hispanic Residents Towards the MGM Casino, their Homes, Community and Neighborhoods


  • Prepared By: Neighbor to Neighbor Community Research Team
  • Release Date: June 30, 2023

There has been relatively little attention in research literature on the impact of a casino on housing-related issues. This study investigated the effects of the presence of a casino on housing-related issues primarily among Hispanic residents in Springfield. Those with a high perception of safety, quality of life, sense of belonging, and rental affordability were more likely to report improvements in social conditions before and after the casino opened. Interview themes included increases in home prices and rental costs, concerns about gentrification, crime shifting to other areas, and a nuanced perspective highlighting both positive and negative aspects of the casino.

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