Rezoning Train Stations, VA Report, Casinos – Thursday’s Roundup

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Rezoning Train Stations
One of Atlantic County’s most criminally untapped resources is its train line connection to Philadelphia. (Of course, part of the reason it’s criminally untapped is because years of under-investment have rendered the train service infrequent and slow.) Now a new report published Tuesday by the Regional Plan Association says that local zoning that prohibits multifamily development outside train stations is a major obstacle to expanding transit-oriented development, particularly in New Jersey. Can you imagine faster, more frequent trains to Philly plus – say – apartments over The Walk development in Atlantic City? Or near the Absecon train station? Read more about the regional report via NJSpotlight here.

VA Report
Remember last year when a veteran set himself on fire outside the VA clinic in Northfield? The VA Inspector General yesterday reported that staff at the clinic repeatedly failed to ensure he received adequate mental health care. Since the death, more resources have been funnelled to the clinic and the director has been removed. Read more via USA Today.

Morning clouds over Atlantic City. Photo by Gerald (@gpo321 on Instagram).

Atlantic City’s total gaming revenue fell slightly in October this year to $185.8 million compared to $186.4 in October 2016. The Taj Mahal did some (limited) business in October 2016, which accounts for most of the difference. Year-to-date the casino industry’s growth has come from online gaming (up 26.7 pct for the year through October, versus casino gaming up just 0.3 percent over the same period). The problem for New Jersey’s coffers is that internet gaming is not taxed at the same rate as the casinos, so the state is not seeing much of the benefit from that online gaming revenue increase. Gaming taxes year-to-date are $178.2 billion, up just 3 percent from $172.9 billion last year. Read the Division of Gaming Enforcement’s press release.

In the rest of the day’s news, segregation is worsening in New Jersey schools, a woman rescued by a good samaritan (who died from injuries sustained while trying to stop the woman’s attacker) says there is more to her story, a Camden County gun range has prompted controversy with a new ad, and the remaining at-large Harborfields detainee was recently indicted for murder. All that and more below:

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