- Apr 16, 2023
Interesting article discussing how Boston caps the number of liquor licenses at about 1,100 for the entire city. The result is that to acquire a new license, bar owners need to buy one from an existing bar owner/license holder, and the going rate is currently $500,000. The article suggests some reasonable reforms (e.g., let each community decide for itself what its cap on licenses should be) but mentions how change is unlikely because it would require action by the State House. This goes to show that bad permitting programs can persist if there isn't political will to make a change or if there are participants in the current system (in this case, current license holders) who are benefitting from maintaining the status quo.
- Boston, Massachusetts, United States