Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Detroit's Liquor Stores

According to liquor license data provided by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, Detroit leads the state in liquor sales and active liquor licenses. Not only does Detroit have the most active liquor licenses of any local jurisdiction, but the city's liquor stores, bars, and alcohol-serving restaurants have higher liquor sales than any city or county in the state.

Based on 2009 liquor tax collection data, this graph shows that Detroit sells more liquor than the rest of Wayne County or any other city or county in the state.

Similarly, Detroit had the most liquor licenses per resident (measured here as residents per liquor license to avoid comparing small fractions) in 2009.

Clearly, no area in the city is without a liquor store or bar. In fact, every resident of the city lives within .7 miles of one of the city's 810 liquor stores or 560 bars.

18 comments:

  1. Where is the source of all this data? Is it public information? What other data sets are available?

    This would be really interesting with a Google Earth API.

    /t

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  2. Hi Tyler-
    Thanks for your comment! Yes, all of these data are available from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission website. Check out http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mlcc/liclists/act_wayne.pdf

    Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help-

    Best,
    Rob

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    1. Now that the new medical marijuana dispensary ordinance has passed. As I understand it dispensaries must be a certain distance from schools, parks, churches, LIQUOR STORES and BARS. Mapping the effects of the ordinance would interest me.

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  3. I was kind of hoping to see the super concentration of liquor licenses in Hamtramck! I think I've got at least 4-5 bars and 3-4 liquor stores within a 2 block radius of my house.

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  4. I'm surprised to see so many licenses along Gratiot. Grand River, on the other hand, has almost no licenses. I wonder what the 1950 version of this map would look like.
    -Matt

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  5. Erik- You're right- As far as I know, Hamtramck (along with Ferndale) is one of only two municipalities in the state with more liquor licenses per person. I'm planning on doing some more work with these data, and I'll be sure to include Hamtramck next time.

    M.J.- I was surprised by that, too. I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on this.

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  6. Hi Robert,

    Very interesting to see the maps and statistics.
    I am a MArch student at LTU and was wondering if you know of any organizations or groups that would like to see a change w.r.t the number of liquor stores in Detroit?

    -P.I.

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  7. Did you create these graphs and maps yourself? I work for a non-profit in Detroit and was wondering if it would be possible to use these in a paper proposing a policy related to liqour licensing. Thank you.
    -Miriam

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  8. @Miriam - I am working on a project relating to liquor stores in Detroit and am looking for organizations that are interested in liquor licensing.
    Do you know anyone I can contact for this?
    -Priya

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  9. @Priya. I'll try and get in contact with you. What would be the best way to contact you?

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  10. @Miriam - You can contact me at piyer@ltu.edu

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  11. Hi Miriam-

    Yes, I made these graphs and maps. Feel free to use them for your paper. Let me know if I can be of assistance- I have a lot more liquor data, as well.

    Best,
    Rob

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  12. Thank you! We may be interested in some of the other data. What sort of data is it?

    -Miriam

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  13. I am so excited and saddened to see this. I am a community psychologist and may be reaching out to you about further findings and thoughts?

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  14. if i added up those numbers rights then a plan is crucially needed... buy film tickets

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  15. Security for liquor stores is serious business. There’s simply so much at stake. Inventory. Cash. Employee safety and more.

    Liquor Store Financing

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  16. ni have read your post nice article and thanks for sharing this with us.. we are also liquor store in dc.

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