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Only One Way To Revitalize Downtown Pleasanton

Original post made by Rick on Jun 19, 2009

The only way to revitalize the downtown is to build high density housing downtown. Three or even four story condiminiums with underground parking and storefronts on the first floor.

This would provide the most important factor to any succssfull downtown: PEOPLE. Once a larger population is established downtown, they will be clamouring for services and the businesses would thrive.

The council's current plan is weak and lacks vision.

Comments (18)

Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Wrong Rick! We have people in downtown but they only spend money on botox and manicures. Pleasanton seems to be the home of too many people who only consider the way they look. Why do you think there are so many lipo/botox/mani places downtown? Soccer moms in SUVs yacking on their cell phones . . . . .

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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It seems like there is already a lot of housing downtown. And, didn't some new condo type dwellings recently go up on Peters by Barone's? I think downtown needs more variety and a better economy! Why did stores like Domus, G.R. Doodlebug, and the "paint your own art" type store close/leave?

Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

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I don't necessarily think having 3/4 story condominiums in downtown Pleasanton would be a smart move towards revitalization. As others have said, there aren't enough stores that cater to enough people. We have the restruants and a few other stores, but other than that it's boring to walk in downtown. It seems like many of the buildings with two or more stories have offices that are not geared towards shopping.

Julie, I think the owners of Domus moved back to Hawaii, Doodlebug, as far as I know, went out of business, and I have no clue about the paint your own art store.

However, I do think our downtown does a lot better than other downtown's I've been too. I've seen some that are a complete dump,and have old, rotten wood on the front of buildings and have stores that seem useless to a town.

Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:18 pm

for PToWN94566: The owners of Domus closed for lack of sales, the owners of the Hawaiian store moved to Hawaii, Doodlebug closed this store but has two others open in Danville that are doing well and the paint your own art store closed due to lack of business and high rent.
for Julie: "Why did stores like Domus, G.R. Doodlebug, and the "paint your own art" type store close/leave?" They closed because the people of Pleasanton did not shop there! If you want a downtown, spend your money there. Otherwise the stores will go where the money is.

Posted by Julie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2009 at 9:21 am

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That reminds me - was there some sort of rent issue with Domus as well?

I would love to always shop downtown, but it's a vicious cycle - if the rents are ridiculously high, then the prices will follow. I can't always afford downtown prices. I am more willing if the product is unique, but even then I sometimes have to compromise for price.

Posted by Peter, a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 20, 2009 at 9:31 am

Here is the solution let's ask Obama for some money

Posted by June, a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 22, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I love P-Town Downtown and have lived here for 21 years. But Im sad to say when I want to really do some serious shopping, I go to Walnut Creek for the afternoon or day. Pleasanton probably has to face up to needing some higher-density and upscale shopping and restaurants to really get the sales traffic. Id like to stay quaint, but reality is that most small business owners cant afford the not-to-code building expenses and hugh city business fees are going to discourage businesses from Pleasanton. Plus businesses have to go through a long permit process. Look at all the new businesses in the surrounding communities and I have to ask, why not here?

Posted by MeToo, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm

PLENTY of people come to downtown Pleasanton, because it IT is a "downtown" and is PLEASANT!

Dublin and San Ramon have no quaint "downtown" as you know.

The ECONOMY is whats killing downtown, NOT lack of .....

Posted by Loren, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm

This is the same problem Jack London Square had for years and still does. People go there for the concerts and fairs. The people don't shop at the local stores. Restaurants are the only things that do well. Problem with downtown is having to walk so far to shop. Bank, bank, store, restaurant,real estate, bank, art store. Studio 7 is the heart of downtown. They should be on the front page everyday. A family business, dedicated and very successful. I love going in there just to look at the great art.

Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Studio 7 is the heart of downtown???? Very successful??? Say what??? Have you read the other thread about how they are closing half of their store? Check out the comments from people who have had to deal with that mother/daughter dragon team.
You are right in your assessment of too many banks and not enough convenient parking. Walnut Creek and Los Gatos have shopping, Pleasanton has banks and botox.

Posted by Loren, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:24 am

@ Downtown Shopper

Wow! You are right about Studio 7. I began asking my friends about your comments and boy did my hair sizzle when I got their feedback. I guess I never bothered to scratch farther than the surface on this one.

Thank you for opening my eyes on that one.

Posted by love Pleasanton, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 25, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Everyone is making some valid points, but the times are difficult right now. How do we keep downtown Ptown viable? We have the best Farmer's Market around. I don't think it's fair to compare Pleasanton to Jack London Square, a tourist attraction that has historically attracted typical souvenier shops and lost the last of its "old town" character when Clancy's closed. Walnut Creek has created a major downtown center by attracting a lot of big-name chain anchor stores to support the smaller businesses, but do we really want all that traffic? Danville has done a little better job of keeping the small-town feel, but has a few empty spaces and separate little (almnost) strip malls so it's not so easy to walk around and shop there anymore. Los Gatos has probably done the best job of keeping small, but even they have a lot of turnover in the small businesses. Variety? Lower fees to attract businesses?

Posted by joseph, a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

has anyone been to livermore.thats what we need to do with ptown

Posted by Yay!, a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 31, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Yay!!! Viva low income housing! P-town needs more of it! God bless low income housing and God bless America!!

Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 31, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Revitalize? It wasn't that long ago that there were 10 bars and 4 gas stations on Main Street...

Posted by Ellen, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 31, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I have lived in Pleasantown for 18 years. I have NEVER shopped downtown, EXCEPT FOR THE DRIVE THRU ICE CREAM CONES, which are the best bargain in the valley. Toooo expensive at a majority of the stores...... Rent too high so prices too high. No variety, etc. Restaurants are the only hope to cope with the rents.

Posted by yes good idea, a resident of Birdland
21 hours ago

I think it is a tremendous idea. I have lived here 35 years and downtown has always been an issue. If you increased the population in that area we would see a tremendous amount of growth. Stores would flourish and the kids could actually walk to Amador rather than having the parents tie up the roads in the morning and afternoons

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
5 hours ago

I agree with Biden that if you raise the salaries of worker's those small business that are leaving would be able to stay! You don't pay worker's and eventually you go bye-bye.


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