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Why Does Reducing the Number of Alcohol Outlets in Baltimore Matter?
In Baltimore, liquor stores are disproportionately located in predominantly African-American census tracts.1 · Baltimore children who live in close proximity to alcohol outlets are at increased risk of seeing people selling drugs.2 An estimated 54.8 percent of Baltimore City Public School children have at least one liquor store within a quarter mile of their home, while only 13.1 percent have a grocery store within a quarter mile.3 Across the US, higher alcohol outlet density has consistently been found to be associated with higher rates of violent crime, such as homicide, aggravated assault, rape, robbery and burglary. Studies have also found that the density of stores selling alcohol for off-site consumption is associated with even higher levels of violence.4,5,6
Excessive Liquor Presence in Baltimore
The Standard:1 liquor license for every 1,000 residents, or a total of about 625 licenses (according to the Baltimore City Liquor Licensing Board Standard)
The Reality: Currently 1,330 licenses in Baltimore, about twice the number Baltimore should have. Some are operating in residential areas.
Stay up to date on this legislation! Have you read our latest articles on Alcohol Outlet Density Reduction?
- Community Forum: Regulating Liquor in Baltimore City
- Reservoir Hill to Host Meeting on Liquor Legislation
- District 4 Talks Liquor Legislation
- Dear Legislatures, Give Baltimore’s Residents a Voice on Liquor Legislation
- Where Councilman Branch’s Constituents Fall on Liquor Legislation
- CPHA 101: TransForm Baltimore and Existing Alcohol Outlets
- Council Update: Alcohol Outlet Density Reduction
- Youth Testimony Shapes City Liquor Policy
- CPHA Recap: October 3rd Alcohol Outlet Density Reduction Hearing
- Prepare Yourself for the Liquor Hearing this Thursday October 3rd
- Liquor Stores Linked to Gun Violence in Chicago
- City Council to Consider Liquor Legislation October 3rd
- Urban Health Institute Selects CPHA for Community Partner Grant
- Liquor Hearing: Talking Points We Hope Not To Hear from City Council this Fall
- Liquor Legislation Watch: Councilman Reisinger and Councilman Stokes
- Baltimore’s District 13: Non Conforming Liquor Outlets
- Baltimore’s District 7: Non Conforming Alcohol Outlets
- Take 2: Where are Non Conforming Liquor Stores?
- Mapping Baltimore: Where are Non-Conforming Liquor Stores?
- Baltimore Leading the Way: Study Supports Zoning Effort to Regulate Alcohol Density
- Baltimore Planning Commission Approves Update to Zoning Code
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