Baltimore Good Neighbors Coalition

We're a network of community members and neighborhood associations who have come together to address public health and safety concerns that occur throughout Baltimore City.

Our Current Focus

Curbing the negative effects of alcohol outlet density on our city’s most vulnerable citizens

The impetus for coming together has been the over-concentration of alcohol outlets in Baltimore City, and shared experience of the negative effects these outlets can have on neighborhoods, families and young people in our city.

Best practice from elsewhere in the country suggests that pursuing reform through local, zoning requirements through an expanded and more easily enforceable nuisance ordinance can be effective in reducing problems with alcohol outlets.

Based on the experience of other cities, zoning provisions can address problems with alcohol outlets and as a result reduce crime, violence and underage drinking in Baltimore City.

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Opportunities

There are several ways to address nuisance liquor outlets in Baltimore, but the devil is in the details. To achieve your desired outcome, you must know who to call, what information to gather and when and where to make your case.

BGNC has conducted informative interviews/meetings with city and state leaders, law enforcement and legal experts to help you navigate the process. To this end, we have compiled a list of resources and guidance on.both the city and state opportunities available to residents to address problem liquor outlets in their neighborhoods.

Whether looking to file a complaint against a liquor outlet for violating provisions under the newly revised zoning code (TransForm Baltimore) or launching a citizen protest before the Board of Liquor License Commissioners, we hope you find our list of resources helpful.

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