Expanding the Health Conversation

Contribute to a Healthy Community Display Display (Photo credit: Ryan Somma)

With the roll-out of the new healthcare law, there has been a lot of conversation about affordability. Whether you’re anti-healthcare reform or are lauding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you are likely determining how ACA will affect you financially.

However, there has been little talk in the mainstream media about accessibility to health. This is particularly troubling since overcoming obstacles to health and wellness can only occur when all people have access to education, food, and nutrition. In addition, addressing health inequity requires the elimination of barriers and …read more

Baltimore Zoning Out Liquor Stores

English: Breckenridge, Colorado liquor store. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Over the past few months, the Baltimore City Planning Department has been hosting hearings concerning their proposal to revamp the city’s liquor outlet zoning code. The proposed change would force over 100 of the city’s liquor outlets to either stop selling alcohol, or shut their shops down.

For over 40 years there has been a zoning code that does not allow liquor outlets to exist in residential areas. But, the city has allowed existing stores to remain by “grandfathering” them. In recent years, the Planning Department has begun to analyze …read more