Lately there’s been some chatter about bringing the two Parks together. Since the late 1950’s (I read 1959), when highway 99 cut off Oak Park from Curtis Park, this subsequently divided the two Parks and ghettoized Oak Park (Good Article on the History of Oak Park). There’s a tunnel on 2nd Ave. that goes under the 99 freeway, where art work is proposed to bring the two Parks together – messages that welcome and encourage cross-over. I love this idea and reliance on the local residence to give input and be part of the building process.
Another hot conversation revolves around the revitalization of Oak Park. Clearly property values and rents are going up, up, up! It wasn’t but several years ago everyone was “under water” on their mortgage. Now, if they didn’t foreclose, those owners are considered genius for holding their investment (or maybe just lucky). Much development is taking place – the Broadway Triangle, bringing restaurants, retail, and residential living opportunities. Early adopters as the good folks at Old Soul, Naked Lounge, Arthur Henry’s, the Brick House art studio, etc. have paved the way. Oak Park Brewery is now legit. Five years ago you’d be afraid to get robbed or at the very least propositioned by a prostitute… now people are listing to live music and eating trendy mobile truck food, all on the open patio! Newer-comers like Broadway Coffee, Capitol Floats, (I got my wife and I a gift certificate to try out one of these isolation, float tanks – I can’t wait!), The Plant Foundry Nursery, La Venaditas continue to enhance, bring life and some would say gentrify the area. I saw this tag out front of La Venaditas when my wife I got out there to try some delicious tacos, ceviche, and cold beer!
What are your thoughts on joining the two Park?
What do you think of gentrification? All for the good, or displaces and wrecks the community?
And most important, who like tacos?????? Seriously though, have you tried La Venaditas? I hear their happy hour worth a shot.
Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker (916.595.7900)