My daughter came home to visit us after about 5 years living back East. After a few days, she came up to me and said, "Pleasanton has become a metropolitan city."
She's a successful corporate lawyer, and is a proud product of the Pleasanton educational system at the time. We've lived in Pleasanton a long time. We initially moved here because it was a quaint town, with values that seemed warm and inviting. I guess you could say, it was a nice place to live and raise a family. We knew that something was happening we just couldn't put our fingers on it. My daughter gave us the insight we needed. Here's what she said:
Pleasanton is busy all the time. Vineyard has six lanes. There use to be a beautiful drive in the back roads to Livermore with deer, turkeys and trees. Now it's all McMansions. Sure, there's Main Street, but after that it's corporate headquarters, and a huge increase in population density that made her feel that she was still back East. Safway was a zoo (thank goodness for Raley's). Pleasanton's population diversity rivals San Francisco, and it's just not "mellow" anymore. She did say it at least remained one of the cleanest cities she's seen. Anyway, she went on and on about the growth of Pleasanton.
I just want to know other Pleasanton residents feel. Am I crazy to think that "quaint" no longer applies to my town. Or is my daughter too caught up in being a legal beagle back East to stop and smell the roses.