Our previous research, coupled with the documented ineffectiveness of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City, demonstrated that these laws, while rooted in public health and good common sense (would you want your kid to go to school next door to a liquor store?), have simply not been enforced. In public health we call this “gums without teeth.” This describes the phenomenon when laws are enacted in the absence of enforcement. We are deeply saddened by the current lack of enforcement of Transform Baltimore and the predictable impact this lack of enforcement of the new zoning code will have on Baltimore City residents. The research that we have conducted, demonstrating the association between the presence and density of alcohol outlets and violent crime as well as safety of children going to and from school and life expectancy, has made an irrefutable case that oversaturation of liquor stores is bad for the health of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents. Liquor stores are overconcentrated in predominantly poor and African-American communities already plagued by violence, low residential occupancy and residential instability. Liquor stores dramatically influence the landscape of neighborhoods and become deterrents for other prosocial businesses, like day care centers, to co-locate in these neighborhoods.