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Use of Empty StoreFronts

Original post made by Claudette McDermott on Jan 12, 2009

Instead of letting the Downtown look so pathetic with the empty storefront Windows adding up, I think the city should make the owners of these locations beautify or loan out to the local schools, or other organizations to keep the Downtown looking it's best. Any Takers?

Comments (13)

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 12, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I would be happy to do the window dressing for FREE just drop me a line at

Posted by Pathetic?, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Nice offer Claudette. I would say it is stretching a bit to say downtown looks pathetic. I actually think the city has done a nice job of putting colorful painting/banner up in the Domus windows, and a nice colorful banner in front of the construction site that is on hold. What is it you are referring to that looks so pathetic?

Posted by M, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I'm actually pleasantly surprised at the colorful banners they have put up at some of the closed businesses downtown. Other towns I've been to have the ol' cardboard "Out of Business" or "Closed" signs. Thanks Pleasanton property owners for giving some curb appeal. Hope we get some great leasers in these empties some time real soon!

Posted by Cindy, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 13, 2009 at 8:27 am

I agree! Let's keep out town looking nice as it alway has looked. We were downtown last night and it was so quiet, it's really scary. It is the responsibility of the building owners to keep their buildings looking nice. It's their own fault why the businesses have left!

Posted by Pam, a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jan 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

Empty store fronts. Let's have the local schools paint the front windows. This not only makes the empty stores look better. It affords our budding artists with an opportunity to showcase their art.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

While colorful banners are better than a completely blank store front, echoing the hollowness of it's space, it still does not give the downtown a feel of community, commitment or involvement. It still reads as an Empty Store with nothing to look at or think about other than, "Yep another one bits the dust." Community involvement, interaction and use of space that is otherwise not being useful in the community, should be considered. If owners are not able to get someone in to pay the rent, they should open their doors to temporary use by the community in some useful way. It will give a more positive look to the space itself and the community will seem like it cares about the message it is sending out to not only visitors but their own. I have spoken to many people in the community and visitors, I am downtown weekly and everyone feels the same way, the downtown does look bad and gives off a gloomy feeling with not only lack of walkers but empty storefronts. More so towards the historical side of downtown and it is not getting better yet. 2 banners does not make a facelift just a bandage.

Posted by Tony, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

Claudette make a very nice offer - the City should seriously consider it!
As an alternative, the local schools should be given a specific store front and be allowed to update/change it with various school themes as the year progresses. This would give a continuously 'changing' landscape resulting in a reason to visit downtown to view the latest themes!

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jan 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Sure, that'll work. The City can 'order' private property owners to forget the potential liability and pay utilities so teens can have a temporary teen club... until the owner can rent to an 'acceptable' tenant. Right! Maybe they can 'order' me to rent my spare bedroom to a foreclosed family, too.


Posted by UncleGrouch, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I am with your free market theories Uncle. What I dont get is that the nazi planning people with the city hold every building project in town up for one lame reason or another... Cant they get these idiots that want to start projects downtown to have the funds in place when they start. The Koln Hardware building has been a work in progress for how long???

Pull your head out people!!!!

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jan 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm

"Maybe they can 'order' me to rent my spare bedroom to a foreclosed family, too."

You know the Communists did that, right?

Posted by M, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jan 13, 2009 at 7:19 pm

UMMMMMMMMMMM I really don't think it's the OWNERS fault that they've gone out of business, Cindy. Do you know any business owner's? And if so, is it their goal to go out of business? NO. Can you say "big box stores"? Or how about "online shopping". THOSE are what put local shope out of business. Until you can honestly say you have purchased everything you own LOCALLY, and spend all your money in the local community, then please don't say it's the business owner's fault they've closed their doors. We all need to learn from this economy downfall, and start putting our money where our mouth is and do our part to turn it around a little bit at a time. Good luck to us.

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 15, 2009 at 2:27 pm

A Little Birdie told me yesterday, that there will be More Black Windows peering out at Main Street some time soon joining the Three Blank windows on Main Street NOW (Accentuals, Antique shop and Tree somthing or other) or are there more... Lets find a solution, even if temporary, before it really does become a Ghost Town in the DownTown of our Pleasant town of Pleasanton.

BUILDING Owners need to take more responsibility in keeping up appearances on Main Street! Why not give some Free Rent to your current tennant that may have to close their doors. Many owners do this when trying to negociate a new contract. Better yet draw up new contracts that will keep the tennants you already have, so they don't Leave as soon as they might. You may be UNAWARE that they are leaving (I waited until the last month before I gave up and my building owner got a 30 day notice that I was closing up shop). Can't squeeze blood out of a stone.

CITY OFFICIALS -When the color of a building or merchandise is enough to create problems with the City, when viewed from the street, you would think the Empty buildings with Big Blank Black Windows peering out at the visitors and community would be enough for the City to suggest Building Owners step up to the plate. The Big Banners you see in two places were paid by the City not the Building Owners..... The City seems to bandage things up, but I would hope that more can be done before it gets out of hand. Any Suggestions?

Posted by Kris, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jan 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Has anyone passed on such suggestions to Pamela Ott?

She's the Economic Development Director

Sorry, I'm too shy to be the one to do it.

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