Venice Boardwalk: Tourists are back, but not their dollars

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Rico Alsaro squeezes a squeaky rubber chicken to grab the attention of people passing by his empanada shop on the Venice Beach Boardwalk. Photo by Megan Jamerson/KCRW.

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