Don't zone liquor stores out of business [Letter]

In response to the Jan 13th article, "Key councilman says city shouldn't zone long time liquor stores out of business" (Jan. 13) I would like to say that I strongly agree with Councilman Ed Reisinger.

I am a long-time resident (over 30 years) of Charles Village, and the liquor store in question in my community has been an excellent neighbor. It has been owned and operated by the same family for 25 years and has never been the site or focus of any crime. This neighborhood has strong community organizations and much homeowner involvement, as do many of the neighborhoods in the zoning board's cross hairs. My community has always done an excellent job of monitoring itself, and unsavory or disruptive establishments don't fly under the radar for very long.

To put on the chopping block businesses that are not problematic is a disgrace.

This action is the very definition of arbitrary and should be reexamined.

Vital urban neighborhoods have supported residences and healthy businesses together for decades. I offer as evidence Federal Hill, Fells Point, SoWeBo, Hampden, Roland Park and the rest of Charles Village for starters.

We are a thriving urban community, not suburbia, and this is what a healthy city neighborhood looks like.

So, with all due respect to Johns Hopkins professor David Jernigan and the scholarly work done by folks holed up in labs with their statistical models, I am pretty fed up with the Bloomberg School of Public Health and Johns Hopkins in general dictating what goes on in my community and how I should live my life.

Let's take the advice of Councilmen Reisinger and Carl Stokes and take action against the actual problems that exist, instead of throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Tweefie Millspaugh, Baltimore

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