From the Hyde Park Urbanist, a story that made me think: residents of an area voting themselves "dry" to prevent a hotel from being built, effectively a form of zoning. Since hotels, restaurants, and music venues live or die based on their alcohol sales, depriving them of permissions to sell alcohol can stop them in their tracks. I know that around where I used to live in the suburbs the alcohol rules were stricter than in the city when it came to restaurants, and there was plenty of intrigue and failure related to the limited amount of liquor licenses. I also have only ever heard of "dry" counties in exurban/rural areas, which makes me think that alcohol policy probably tracks with population density, reinforcing the land use tendency of segregating residential and commercial uses. In any case, the forcing of people to travel farther for their alcohol has proven to be deadly, with drinkers in dry counties having to drive farther to get drunk (and then drive home...).