Posted by where am i, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm
I look at out my backyard as a huge turkey and her small child nip at the grass, the bluejays splash in the birdbath, the crows squawk like the dickens, the squirrels wrestle with each other and my tomatoes grow by the bushel. Now if I could only get rid of my self-righteous next door neighbor and find an extra $250,000 a year I think I would consider myself in heaven ... congrats to Pleasanton!
Posted by Ryan, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm
As someone who lived near far more crowded, and expensive parts of the bay area: I just don't get how some folks just don't realize how good we have it in P-town. This is the *only* city I've ever known that basically has *no* bad neighborhoods (I grew up in Stockton, so don't argue with me on this point), lots of beautiful trees (including redwoods), convenient access to all one's needs for shopping and such, many parks, and a subway-line leading directly towards a world-renowned urban center in under an hour.
And yes, it may be pricey to buy a home here: But, there are many reasons why (including those listed above) -- especially considering that the housing "bubble" has already "popped".
Posted by PeanutGallery, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm
misplaced conservative anger
So by your logic, conservatives are the reason why Pleasanton beat out every other City in Northern California on the rankings? That's interesting: considering this is quite possibly the most conservative city in the Bay Area. And once again, no other city in the Bay Area made the list. And the other two California cities that ranked higher than Pleasanton are both in Orange County.
Posted by Ryan, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Jul 12, 2010 at 11:32 pm
I agree, there is a lot to be concerned about, when it comes to our nation's leadership. But rest assured, that leadership (at the Federal level) will change in a few years: there is just no way that the status quo can be sustained. And at the state level: we are going to see some more dramatic change take place *much* sooner.
Posted by Cathy, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2010 at 8:30 am
I am glad Money Magazine recognized the great city that we live in. Did we spend our selves into debt? I think our City Admistration needs to keep tabs on their spending. Great Editorial in the Times about local governments that spend like the good ole days, but income is coming in like 2010, and not bound to improve in the future. Can we sustain this city and its bloated budget, high paid officals with golden benefits with our tax base still dropping? Will things like spending on special elections and the mostly undeveloped Bernal park, have a place in 2011? I am concerned that some serious belt tightening must be on the horizon for us and a drop to the top 1000 is around the corner.
Posted by Tim, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2010 at 10:03 am
Apples: Lakes? How about our "Chain of Lakes"? That was the description a realty person used speaking at a luncheon I attended recently. It took awhile to realize he was talking about the quarries that are supposed to be connected to Shadow Cliffs.
Chain of Lakes surely sounds better than a "string of quarries".
Posted by Steve, a member of the Lydiksen Elementary School community, on Jul 13, 2010 at 11:52 am
Apples -- You are absolutely right! Our city planners are really stuck in a rut. We need to improve our downtown with family/teenager priced restaurants and snack establishments. My family never eats downtown because I hate paying $25 per plate. We also need entertainment in downtown, and a band in the park doesn't cut it.
Where do people go for nightlife in Pleasanton? Livermore.
Posted by bj, a resident of the Bonde Ranch neighborhood, on Jul 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm
No suprise here. I have lived all over the country and this is by far the best place I have ever lived. I have been in the tri-valley on-and-off since 1964 and think that Pleasanton has done a spectacular job of balancing growth, history, and a family community. Worth the home price and commute for me every day.