Too Many Liquor Stores In Low Income Neighborhoods?

By Thelma Brown, in Society
6 years ago



Liquor Stores should be limited in urban neighborhoods
Liquor stores should remain in urban neighborhoods
Alcohol does play a major role in urban neighborhood violence
Worry about the gangs and drugs, not the alcohol

Have you ever wondered why there’s a liquor store about every two blocks in urban low income neighborhoods? Visiting more wealthy neighborhoods like Hoffman Estates in Chicago it’s noticeable that in the wealthier neighborhoods you have to travel a bit and perhaps by car to visit a liquor store. Strange isn’t it? Not so strange when you’re smart enough to figure out why this is.

It could possibly be that the people in the lower class neighborhoods drink more due to stress, depression, not having jobs, and just being unhappy in the lifestyle they have to live. More and more liquor stores appear in the urban neighborhoods while things like job programs, shelters, and schools disappear. In fact, with the recent closing of a lot of Chicago public schools in these urban neighborhoods, there are now more liquor stores than educational facilities.

Violence is up and it’s goes down and rises again, but most likely the violence that does occur in low income neighborhoods is associated with drugs, gang violence, and alcohol. If you live in these types of neighborhoods, is it a far stretch to think of the possibilities if many liquor stores were closed? To us they’re a haven in these neighborhoods for illegal and violent activities to keep occurring.