Build a Walmart in Downtown Pleasanton!!! Around Town, posted by Buford, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:42 pm
So you want to fix Downtown Pleasanton? What we need to do is get rid of all these sissy historic buildings downtown and build something useful, LIKE A NEW WALMART! All these historic buildings downtown are standing in the way of good old American progress and most of the businesses in them are way overpriced. These old buildings are for wimpy liberals and Europeans! Reagan wouldn't stand for this! I want some Walmart savings and more parking. Here is a list of benefits of building a huge Walmart downtown:
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Jul 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm
They have a very nice ethnic foods section. Racial/ethnic minorities would surely shop at WALMART. Reasonable prices, an ideal location for some downtown residents who only live there so that they can be close to shopping. Also, tons of visitors could just hop on BART and shop here, hang out in the parks/streets and then go home in the evening. In a way, it's another way of introducing Plutonians to neighboring communities! Is that cool or what?
Pork rinds, ham hocks, turkey necks, noodles galore and most of all, glazed donuts and sugar cookies a la Pleasanton. I can see it now, more jobs for people, summer jobs for students, security guard training, pinata classes, anything and everything in one convenient downtown location! I like WALMART! It will increase the tax base and your school problems could be solved. Remember: 496 & 552! Not bad but not to cool...either!
Posted by Another Gatetree Resident, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2009 at 8:03 am
My comment was made tongue in cheek, but there is some sense of reality in it. WalMart is still NOT a Super WalMart over on Owens. Instead of being able to save gas and the environment by making one drive and one stop, Pleasanton's City Council is STILL protecting Safeway's revenue base.
But I have to admit -- I was shocked to see them allow a Smart and Final. I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures.
Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I was actually shopping in Safeway. I make my house payment there, and exit as quick as I can.
Posted by Funny, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2009 at 8:16 am
Point well taken...and it was also funny. :)
No doubt about prices. When I went to Raley's I thought I was supposed to pick up Cattle at their loading dock when I saw what I paid for some steaks.
I wish the WalMart could get a pass on the Grocery addition. We just need it. I'm finding myself there more and more with a growing family.
That's the problem with water prices, energy prices, and food prices going up. You are penalized for a growing household that will contribute responsible members of society. How can I reduce my consumption when we have another kid?
Just tough times and a Super WalMart would help everyone.
Posted by Anne, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Jul 11, 2009 at 4:34 pm
The planet is overpopulated as it is. If you can only afford to shop at Walmart, who pay unlivable wages and actively encourage their employees to file for welfare, perhaps you should stop having kids now.
Posted by Alison, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:38 am
I respectfully disagree with your "thought". Overpopulation is a myth and the world's population has been in a sharp decline since a peak in 1965.
To quote an article, "more people means more for all of us — more economic production, more potential for artistic and scientific achievement, more innovation." Web Link
Consider the needs of Social Security alone, for instance. With a replacement rate in the U.S. just 2.1 alone, how will the generations to come pay for the needs of an aging and larger age-group?
In the Bible, which I believe is a sacred and true document, it says, "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward."
Children are a blessing and they themselves are an encouragement to have more. If "funny" can afford them, and they didn't say they couldn't - they said only it is financially challenging at times, which anyone that has a child knows to be true - then they should have as many as they want.
"Funny" never said they would rely upon government assistance - so what is your problem? The simple statement about their financial concerns makes me believe they are responsibly looking at the bottom line.
Without the facts of the article I posted and if we took your perspective, who would then be capable of stating who can/cannot have what amount of children? The Chinese government is a sickening example of such horrors.
And to end on a lighter note, I believe the employees at WalMart are happy to have a job as supported by "Funny" and many, many others in Pleasanton. I think I'll go there today to support my local economy!
Posted by Funny, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2009 at 10:50 am
Anne, first of all - I cannot believe my comment elicited your specific response.
My family is expecting another child. In your worldview, what would you do based upon your "theory"? I cannot even think about it.
We will indeed continue to grow our family and support it through whatever means we need to responsibly do so. You know, WalMart isn't just filled with the people with money trying to get a good deal at the expense of the working poor. I doubt you shop there, if you did, you'd see just who needs the better prices and I love making my dollar go further and keep the store open. I will support any efforts to expand the WalMart on Owens, to carry even organic produce at more affordable prices for struggling families - of which I am thankfully not one of.
Shutting down that resource will cause families to have less for their needs. Is that your logic? Is that what you would have? How will a single mom fare, for example, at Whole Foods with her budget? Farmer's market? How do you expect her to get there on the weekends with her kids if she doesn't have anyone to help her? What if she could make a single trip to WalMart and get all the needs met for her family? You would begrudge her because you don't like the company of WalMart? I think you'd have a difficult time making that argument to her when she showed up to WalMart and was greeted by your efforts...a closed store.
I don't agree with your assessment.
Thanks, Alison, for your points - I agree with them so I appreciate them. The alarmist views of our times, global warming (couldn't believe I needed a jacket last night in Ptown!!) and overpopulation are silly beliefs people create just make everyone else as miserable as they are by ripping our joy from our lives. Not gonna happen here!
I hope everyone will enjoy life as the God-given blessing it is. The Earth he created and the children he creates, too. I'm chooseing to worship the Creator and be grateful for all he has given!
Posted by Rae, a resident of the Mohr Park neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2009 at 11:15 am
I'm retired on a fixed income. I'm a frequent Walmart shopper because their prices are very competitive and they have most of what I need/want. My fixed income doesn't permit shopping at high-end stores; accomodating that kind of expense, or a lifestyle that required that kind of expense, was never in my plan.
By your logic, I should have retired and committed suicide instead of retiring and shopping at Walmart to stretch my dollars.