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on Jun 11, 2014
While we all who own and live in P-town enjoy the increasing real estate values, what I personally don't enjoy is who are scooping up the homes for sale. And those of us who have lived here for years know exactly what I am talking about.
We're seeing a massive influx of people . . . who's values and sense of community don't align with . . . American traditional values. They don't interact with us. You don't see them at the Concert in the Park or any other functions around town. You don't see them in the restaurants or shops around town. They are going to kill P-town in the next 20 or so years. Main St. will be history.
Pleasanton is looking more and more like Fremont everyday. Sad sad sad. (Posting edited by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff to remove inappropriate comments.)
The previous comment displays the xenophobia that seems to have gripped some of the people in this country. The message is clearly if your not "American", whatever that means (unless you are Native American), than your changing our little town.
Are we that small minded and short sighted that we don't recognize that our families are a few generations away from not being "American". It is hard for some people, particularly my neighbor in Castlewood, to wrap their heads around that life and society are constantly evolving. We no longer live in the 50's when everyone looked "American". We are all immigrants who comprise the mosaic of this great country.
In business and biology there is a mantra that all successful entities live by, "adapt or die". You can choose to fight change, or you can embrace diversity. It's all up to you.
I've found recent Indian immigrants to be very outgoing, friendly, bright, hard working, and exhibit more neighborhood values than some of the people I grew up with in this town.
You might try talking to someone that doesn't look like you once in awhile. Get past your prejudice. It might be you that is the problem.
I recently moved with my family to Pleasanton *because* it seems to exhibit good, traditional American values. But I think those aren't what you think they are. Americans welcome diversity and culture, and always finds a way to take the best of what they have to offer and integrate them in a way that makes all our lives richer and enjoyable.
Concerts in the park are nice. Maybe we'll get to see a Japanese taiko performance there some time? Or an African dance performance? I'd love to see that, and I'd love to see Tri-Valley embrace those things.
There are a lot of Asians and Indians moving into the area. I think you should be prepared to evolve what you think of as "Traditional American Values'. I expect Pleasanton will become an even better city for it.
Well, Tom F., if you see this as a problem, what are you proposing to stop it?
You can't blame these "different" buyers for wanting to move here, Tom F. The blame lies with the sellers. You see, there are plenty of Americans wanting to buy a house, but don't have enough cash to do so or get outbid by these "foreigners" with their hordes of cash. Sellers can sell their house to whomever they want. The only color they and their realtors see is GREEN.
Tom F.: If that really bothers you, you should consider selling your place and move. Surely, you won't be missed by anyone in this evolving community. Ciao!
It does not matter to me and as a matter of fact it pleases me. For the most part Asians have moved into my neighborhood and make great neighbors. They might be the only reason our school scores have moved up and competition for homes has driven up the prices especially on the upper end homes. We moved here in 78 and have the city completely transformed. Some for the better but for the most part for the worst. We will probably take our profit and leave the state as others in our neighborhood have. Maybe it is time that Pleasanton changed and got a new identity. I wish the city the best.
John, seal the borders and other entry points into the US. Limit the flow of people from the third world. No good comes from millions of dirt poor people coming here. The Obama reign of terror is destroying this country.
Okay, I get it. You were joking.
I agree with Tom F. Just look south to Fremont and Milpitas. The facts are this town will follow suit. Go To any dining or retail establishment and count the Indian families spending money. No prejudice here, just the plain truth.
I love how a simple article about home prices rising (supposedly a good thing after our last housing crisis) turns into an Asian bashing discussion simply because these Americans who don't look like us are buying up properties that we can no longer afford. Go cry a ****ing river! I personally love the diversities these different group of Americans bring to P-town. This is exactly the reason I choose to live here in California and not move to crap hole Idaho as some of my neighbors did. And guess what? Most of those who moved out of state are miserable 'cuz grass just ain't greener on the other side. So go on, get outta P-town if you don't like its transformation. Make room for those who do want to live here.
Tom, so your solution to foreigners buying up expensive properties in Pleasanton is to lock out all the poor foreigners from the country?
as long as we are at it, why not a city name change? Bombay South and Peking North?
Great to hear that the trash is being priced out of town.
Unbelievable racist remarks for an article with a positive outlook for our town. You scared, old, white, males had better get used to the changing complexion and culture of the world. This is coming from a slightly younger white male who doesn't think living with different cultures is a negative experience. If I were an immigrant, who could afford to live in this great town, I would keep to myself as well. The racism is obvious and embarrassing. Grow up.
I don't know one Asian neighbor who hasn't been a good neighbor...VIVA AMERICA!
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