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May 03, 2005

Davenporters, too

The presence of scores of Rhythm City workers at the 'waterfront workshops' in Davenport Monday/Tuesday stirred a little side controversy throughout the two days.
All ended well Tuesday when one such worker finally declared emphatically that some 500 of the casino's employees live in Davenport and should be applauded rather than condemned for taking a keen interest in the proceedings. He was awarded with a nice round of applause.
A good many people, especially on Monday, saw the Rhythm City presence as an underhanded attempt by the Isle of Capri to pack the proceedings, particularly since the casino workers were on the clock. There were suggestions Monday morning that the RC people be segregated. The idea didn't go anywhere.
Maybe paying for the time wasn't the best p.r. move IOC ever made, but the workers made no secret of who they were. Most wore clothing or buttons with "Rhythm City" in plain sight, and identified themselves in the breakout groups.
Their general views regarding more greenspace, access to the river, viewlines and a waterfront promenade didn't differ much from the consensus.
If they were somewhat more concerned with some of economic issues than non-casino workers, that's understandable. Proper even. Those issues count, too.

Posted by jcb at May 3, 2005 11:54 PM