It is a boon to Revere and the region that will create thousands of jobs and provide a revenue stream to greatly improve public services.
It is a disaster that will bring increased traffic and crime to the area while eroding the social fabric of communities and siphoning customers away from local restaurants and other businesses.
Those were the competing, familiar arguments made on Tuesday during a hearing before the state Gaming Commission that was held to allow backers and opponents of a proposed Mohegan Sun casino on the Revere side of the Suffolk Downs racetrack to speak up on the project.
Much of the hearing seemed to pit Revere officials, who voiced strong support for the casino, against their counterparts in Winthrop, who sounded alarms.
Members of both camps were frequently interrupted by applause from the crowd of more than 200 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in South Boston.
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