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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.

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