City of Houston may change alcohol sales rules to help in 'food deserts'


As of now, alcohol sales aren't allowed within 300 feet of a church, public school, or public hospital.

Mayor Annise Parker supports loosening those regulations for certain grocery stores, as an incentive for companies to open stores low income areas.

Houston has many neighborhoods without easy access to grocery stores. The city estimates 440, 000 Houston area residents live in what's called a 'food desert.'

Some councilmembers disagree with the proposal, saying it will hurt already economically depressed areas.

A vote was postponed today, but the proposal is expected to be taken up again at next week's council meeting.

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