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Pleasanton Weekly

Column - January 14, 2011

Downtown needs our help

by Jeb Bing

We keep hearing that the recession is on the wane. To measure the sales reports of several of the major department store chains, holiday sales were indeed favorable. Business also picked up in downtown Pleasanton, but not by much and only at certain stores. Others didn't make it, including the Stork's Nest and Euphoria. The once popular Thriving Ink and Your Stage Toys closed their retail outlets earlier. What surprised me, too, is that as I visited the shops and a few restaurants over the holidays, I ran into a number of Pleasanton friends. But this happened when I was at Hacienda Crossings in Dublin, at the Livery in Danville, in downtown Walnut Creek and even at Nordstrom and Macy's in San Francisco. These folks that I talked to said they go to downtown Pleasanton for First Wednesday street parties, Concerts in the Park and a few other times, but they don't think of our downtown as having a sufficient mix of retail business that they find in these other locations.

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Comments

Posted by What downtown needs, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

Teens hang out downtown, so retail shops and businesses geared towards that age group would certainly help.

Every time my child has to shop for clothes or shoes or accessories, I have to take them to the mall. My child however, walks downtown with friends, so if there were stores there, the shopping could be done downtown rather than at the mall.

Consultants? Not needed, what we need is competent people in the Economic Development area of Pleasanton.


Posted by Ideas, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

Want a vibrant downtown shopping area model? Make it a destination place -- check out San Luis Obispo's shopping area, on several streets. A GREAT mix of small independent shops, chain stores, a movie theatre, restaurants and snack places and lots of areas to sit and catch some sun and a coffee or such. Or check out Fourth Street in Berkeley -- Restoration Hardware is a fine addition there. Or the Elmwood or Piedmont areas in Oakland/Berkeley. For sure, our downtown is dead, compared with those places... so depressing.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Check out downtown Los Gatos, maybe that is what Pleasanton needs? They have shops, etc. Every time I have been there, there are a lot of people, and they eat at the restaurants, shop, it is a fun place to hang out.


Posted by Pete, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Ultilize the Firehouse for all community venues that don't require more seating...experience,experience,experience. Creating more options for families. What could the downtown brainstorm... that would offer a more common link to everyday lifestyle needs of "THEIR" community. If that is not a start... please be clear on what specific experience you are trying to create. Be reflective and honest...and you'll understand why consultants failed. Have a great weekend!


Posted by Maria, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

Here Here! Finally it seems someone is taking a realistic view of where the issues are with keeping the Downtown area alive... there are some fantastic ideas on here!!!


Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Jeb says -- "But this happened when I was at Hacienda Crossings in Dublin, at the Livery in Danville, in downtown Walnut Creek and even at Nordstrom and Macy's in San Francisco. "

So Jeb, if you are wondering why your friends don't shop downtown what exactly were you doing shopping in those other places? Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?


Posted by No Plan, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

The City of PLeasanton has NO PLAN for Downtown. That _IS_ the reason it remains as it is. The old farts that grew up here bought the property when they saw progress. The rest is history. Without control of land and property NOTHING will be accomplished.