Do the liquor stores of Alhambra deserve to be documented? The website SGV For Life thinks they should and photographed some of the independent ones recently.
Our colleagues at Boyle Heights Beat, a bilingual youth journalism newspaper and community website also affilated with USC, recently brought to light some of the more negative aspects of liquor stores in their community.
They seem to be everywhere.
In some neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, stores selling alcohol appear to be on almost every block. They sell beer, wine, and sometimes liquor, along with items like candy, Lotto tickets, magazines, and milk….
It appeared that additional alcohol outlets, especially in low-income neighborhoods, “contribute to both crime and urban decay.”
Although Boyle Heights has a population just slightly larger than Alhambra, it has about 50 percent more liquor stores.