A recent poll conducted by Western New England University Polling Institute found that Springfield residents are optimistic about the future of the local economy.
Residents told 22News they think new additions to the city such as the MGM Springfield casino and new ownership of the Tower Square Hotel will improve the quality of life in the city.
According to the poll, ratings for the city as a place to live and how well the city does combating crime improved from 2010 to 2018.
Springfield resident Michael Spence told 22News that he hopes the city continues to build around MGM when it opens in August.
“I hope they make it a nice place to go out because there’s no place to really go,” Spence said. “I would hate to see that MGM is the only place to go and everything else crumbles around it.”
The survey found that 61 percent of residents back the casino project, while 26 percent are opposed.
Many Springfield residents will begin to see many of the changes in the city begin to unfold when the casino opens on August 24.