Tom Schnetz peers out of a window at his restaurant, La Venadita, which looks toward Broadway in April 29. The stylish Mexican eatery is one of several new businesses that have opened in Oak Park. Some residents see it as gentrification.
Tom Schnetz peers out of a window at his restaurant, La Venadita, which looks toward Broadway in April 29. The stylish Mexican eatery is one of several new businesses that have opened in Oak Park. Some residents see it as gentrification. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Tom Schnetz peers out of a window at his restaurant, La Venadita, which looks toward Broadway in April 29. The stylish Mexican eatery is one of several new businesses that have opened in Oak Park. Some residents see it as gentrification. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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