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Council OKs Asian Gateway center on Pleasanton's east side

Original post made on Mar 4, 2015

The Pleasanton City Council last night approved the construction of a multi-million-dollar, Asian-focused retail and office center in Staples Ranch which will serve as a designated gateway to the city's east side.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7:56 AM

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Posted by Time to move
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

Aren't we all happy that Stoneridge was completed through to Livermore? Stoneridge will become just one more clogged road through Pleasanton. And what could be more beautiful as an entrance to Pleasanton that an outlet mall, a shopping center and a used car lot?

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Amador Estates

on Mar 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

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on Mar 4, 2015 at 8:51 am

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

And yet another reason for all those commuters to bail off the freeway and cut through our neighborhoods, full speed ahead!!! That new retail center would make a great place to relocate all our massage parlors to, one stop shopping!!

Posted by ok
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

So move.

Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:17 am

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I don't care diddly squat about gateways but I'm sure glad we finally got Stoneridge Dr. completed. It has made my life much more enjoyable. I especially enjoy honking my horn as I cross the necked down bridge.

Posted by Lugnut
a resident of Amador Estates
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:18 am

Welcome to the new Fremont, Union City, Newark. The Tri Valley is dead, we are now the new Tri-Cities. This council is bought and paid for by the Chamber of Commerce and Republican Developers. Get over it.

Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:41 am

I bet all those whining about Asians on pleasantonweekly will eventually cash out and sell their homes at greatly appreciated prices to....Asians.

BTW I keep seeing this development being referred to as "Asian Gateway" (a proper noun), but then in the article there is no more reference to that particular phrase. Is that the official name or is it used to provoke web traffic?

Posted by Rob
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:51 am

More revenue for the city without building even more 5 story apartment buildings. I'll call this a win.

Posted by JY
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 4, 2015 at 9:58 am

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This comment is a borderline ethnic slur and is irrelevant to this post. It has been removed.

Posted by eakwave1
a resident of Mohr Park
on Mar 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

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I already knew Pleasanton was full of snobs, but it's now confirmed to be full of racist jerks. I have no problem with Stoneridge going to Livermore (I love it, actually), and I'm cool with whatever we build there.

Posted by Steven
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 5, 2015 at 4:07 pm

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I wish we wouldn't designate a strip mall area for a particular cultural group. I find that other "Asian" strip malls, like the one near Dublin Blvd & Santa Rita, tend to be exclusionary. If you can speak the language, additional menu items suddenly appear. The venues don't have any incentive to make it easy for people of other cultural backgrounds since there is little competition in the immediate area.

I think that a strip mall can be predominantly slated for a particular culture, but there should be a requirement for 25-40% of the stores/restaurants to be more general in nature (or even from other cultures). I think you would see less foreign language signage, and improved service.

By the way, since I'm pretty good with speaking Vietnamese for food, I see the "other menu" all the time in Vietnamese restaurants. There's just some things that they'll always make, and it's not always on the menu. If more non-speakers were customers, this might be reduced.

Posted by Joe Blow
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

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I couldn't agree more with Steven.
This is a VERY bad idea.
I'm actually a little shocked that our city council has approved this.
Where is their "head" ? as we used to say.
If we have been paying attention to world news and today's world order, it's quite obvious that ethnic and or religious exclusion has played a significant role in the radicalization in Europe.
It is the inclusionary culture of our country that has allowed the majority of "New Guys" to our country to feel more a part of us. It is very important that the different cultures and religions feel an integrated part of the whole society and designing and building enclaves within does nothing but eventual undermine this.
May I ask "Who's next" to build an area where exclusivity helps one feel comfortable away from "home".
As Steven said also if there was some zoning rules to require say, 40% of other cultural business within the area then it would make some sense.
Let's go for inclusion rather than exclusion No matter how benign it may at first appear.

Posted by caywen
a resident of Del Prado
on Mar 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm

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I dunno, I think it brings some perspective, if you ask me. If you were an Asian immigrant, how comfortable would you feel going to Safeways and Whole Foods? The most Asian thing you'd see is a Panda Express, which is a mockery. Were a Caucasian American to live in China, wouldn't a Safeway in your town make you a little more at home?

Pleasanton is approaching 30% Asian. It's perfectly understandable to me that there would be venues to cater to a third of the people. And there's nothing actually exclusionary about it. There's no reason a black or white person shouldn't feel comfortable walking into a Sheng Kee bakery to buy bread.

Except maybe that person would feel a bit self conscious? That's probably how Asians feel living in the US, especially in parts that are only a few percent Asian. Don't take for granted the sense of displacement many minorities feel. Walk in their shoes for a little while before dismissing this new venue as exclusionary.

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