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Brick wall on Kolln and Valley

Original post made by Lynn, Amador Estates, on Jun 24, 2010

Does anybody know what the story is behind the ugly brick wall on Kolln and Valley? Obviously, it is to block traffic from Valley going onto Kolln and vice versa but it sure creates back ups in other areas of the neigborhood. It really throws off GPS's for those who don't know the area.

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Posted by tyu
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

I think you answered your own question, to block traffic. It was originally going to be an intersection, but they decided against it and in the 80's when they were putting up sound walls on Valley that was state of the art. Now it looks pretty bad but since it's serving its purpose nobody wants to spend money updating it.

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Posted by cosmic-charlie
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2010 at 5:59 am

cosmic-charlie is a registered user.

I lived on Koln St in 1980...That wall was already there...and it did not look new as I remember...

I frequently ride my bicycle thru the Jensen track (Koln St) to access the Iron Horse Trail off of Valley. The pedestrian walk-ways around the wall are too narrow, and do not allow good visibility of Valley as well.

The wall should have been set back just a few feet more...
my 2cents

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Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 25, 2010 at 8:20 am

I've been in Pleasanton 51 years and my family lived on Jensen St. in that neighborhood. The City long ago planned it as an intersection (remember, "City of Planned Progress" moto?), but the then/now homeowners didn't want the extra traffic -- EVEN though they KNEW they moved accross from and near a PUBLIC school. SO, they "PRIVATIZED" public roads and had the city put up the wall. It's happening all around Pleasanton.

I'm sorry, if you moved into a neighborhood where roads, parks, schools, businesses, etc. are planned in the future, then YOU made that decision and investment. But many residents, once moved in, don't want changes that would affect THEM (or their property values). It doesn't matter to them how it affects the rest of the tax payers. I'm sorry, I'm against privitizing public roads maintained by public taxes. You knew the school was there - you should live with your decision. Take the wall down.

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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jun 25, 2010 at 8:24 am

That wall may be ugly - but it's a blessing to all of us in Jensen Tract. We have enough problems with speeding cars through are neighborhood, endangering children and pets. If that wall wasn't there - it would be like having a freeway running through.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:08 am

Hi...This is Julia from Alamo...I haven't seen your wall that some folks call ugly...if you really want to see an ugly wall drive to Oakland on highway 24 through the Caldecott Tunnel and as you exit look to the left...Now that's an ugly $3.5 million hunk of wall.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:10 am

Sorry...I meant look to the right to see the black ugly sound wall


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Posted by Des Scribe
a resident of Laguna Vista
on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

Plant a beautiful Morning Glory that can cover the entire wall in a few years. Can you imagine how you will feel seeing a once ugly wall covered in purple? Add something yellow in there and you have a Dons Wall!!!

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Posted by ccwc
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Jun 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

Des Scribe - GO FOR IT!

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jun 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

As my children were growing I taught them a few facts of home ownership. If you are looking at a house that appears to be on a dead end street, then look to see if there is a house at the end or a barrier. I f there is a vacant lot near the house you are looking at make sure what it zoned for? Look carefully at the houses in the neighborhood, do the people take pride in their homes? Anyone that doesn't follow those guide lines are sure to be unhappy with their choice and should not bring their burden down on the rest of us.

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Posted by JR
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Those people are VERY fortunate to had the "ugly wall" to prevent cut through traffic. I live just off Kolln across from Orloff Park. Even though we have the speed display signs and that does nothing to deter inconsiderate commuters from cutting through to avoid Santa Rita and Valley congestion. I have seen people cutting through our neighborhood at 42 when it clearly states the speed limit is 25. There is a stop sign at all four corners on Morganfield that is ignored all the time. I do wish we had the "ugly wall" to avoid this problem.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Come on people. No street should be closed. It is a public roadway and should be opened. All the streets in Pleasanton that are closed because of a neighborhood that wanted their streets to themselves. I grew up in Pleasanton and we used to play in the streets until all the people moved into town. Including our nice neighbors in Jensen Track. They drove up our streets to get to first street and didn't even think anything of it. Roads should be open.

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Posted by D W
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm

It is very unlikely that the wall will be removed. Aren't many of the neighbors there long-timers of 30 years-plus? They're probably more staunch about it than ever. Sadly, this is everywhere. We're not the only city. And sometimes, these walls are needed to fight off crime. If there ever is a change of mind, it won't happen until the economy improves.

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Posted by Patricia
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 27, 2010 at 8:21 am

What's really funny is that many GPS systems think this is still a road and tell people to turn onto Kolln.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

This intersection reminds me of the Stoneridge Dr. extension. Upon moving into the neighborhood off of Stoneridge, 12 years ago, my sister had to sign a document acknowledging full disclosure that future plans were in place for Stoneridge to go through to Airway. Funny how those blocking that today are ignoring the reality of how that affects neighborhoods like those near Orlaf park.

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Oh, boy, is there EVER a history to this exclusive little BERLIN WALL! The people on Kolln St. came close to threatening the then City Council, and I have been praying ever since that someone would have an accident and knock it down -- and NOT get hurt in the process! But, that does not seem likely to happen!
YES, these are public streets, and SHOULD BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC BY ALL CITIZENS -- I.E. TAXPAYERS. To paraphrase one of our great residents: "Mayor Hosterman, Tear Down This Wall!!!"

This was one of the first NIMBY actions in our fair city, but, unfortunateoy, not the last. THE WALL NEEDS TO COME DOWN, AND KOLLN ST. NEEDS TO BE AVAILABLE TO ALL THE PARENTS TAKING THEIR KIDS TO ALISAL SCHOOL. It will also greatly ease the traffic patterns at Valley and Santa Rita.

Do I think any of this jaw-boning will result in some action? NOT LIKELY!!!

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

Allowing a 4-way intersection at this location would do more harm than good. Consider a retractable wall. If you insist on bringing the wall down... and it happens... these same people will then want a traffic signal located at Northway/Valley,Crestline/Valley and Blackbird/Valley. Consider the added restrictive conditions a 4-way intersection would create?

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