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Main Street vs First Street

Original post made by Tom, Del Prado, on Jun 25, 2010

I took my "Family" to Livermore the other day and went to a movie, we had a slice of pizza and played in the new fountains, yes they let you have fun in Livermore. P-town wake up and revitalize downtown.
If you have not been down to the new first street in Livermore, I highly recommend it.

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Posted by Da Man
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

I agree that Main Street is one boring place to hang out. No traffic, no pizazz, expensive. But in saying that, 1st street is no Elvis concert either. It has the low-rent feel of Livermore, is only a few blocks long, and is also mostly empty. But, in that saying that, I do believe something should be done about Main Street. I feel sorry for the merchants (Of course, the banks are thriving). (Studio 7 is a mess with that awful art that they have now). Oh, now I'm depressed. Time to BBQ in the backyard and listen to Lady Gaga.

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

Sorry, but can't help to smile at your comments. You two must be relatively new to the Tri-Valley. I appreciate what downtown Pleasanton and Livermore BOTH have accomplished.

Having grown up in Livermore, THANK YOU for the compliments.

History: Downtown Pleasanton was nothing to come to before the significant renovations. Haps, once a diner house, turned into a dump. Bars.

People in the sixties went to Livermore but they offered very little as well. Next time you walk by the L&M cafe look inside and you’ll get the idea.

Then, Pleasanton took hold of it's downtown . The transformation was amazing. Downtown P-town became the envy and the residents' noses went up...

Livermore, late into the game and full of squabbles, made their changes and now the Valley has two fine areas to go to. You really can’t complain about either town.

Regarding my Dublin, the unfortunate thing is that County of Alameda determined our growth patterns. But, Dublin is working to come up with ideas, some work and some don’t . But, before anyone criticizes Dublin, please keep in mind that we have had only 20 years to learn from. Pleasanton and Livermore, on the other hand, have had 120 to learn from their mistakes.

Regardless, congratulations to Livermore and Pleasanton. You have revitalize downtown when others though it not possible.

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Posted by Jetson
a resident of Downtown
on Jun 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Jetson is a registered user.

I find it funny when people say that Main street in Pleasanton is boring and dead. I am down there all the time and its always packed and full of people. Their downtown stores are cute and unique. And they also have 3 pizza parlours on the street. I have been to Downtown Livermore too its nice but noisey. It was greast to grab a latte though and walk the shops. I think both town are great and each bring their own unique style to the area.

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 25, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I love downtown Pleasanton. Livermore has also done a wonderful job of revitalizing their downtown. We (Pleasanton), shouldn't ignore what Livermore has done. We can learn, and use it to improve our own downtown.

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Posted by Matt
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I went to Livermore downtown yesterday and was not impressed. It is just another blue collar community for the working poor. You see a bunch of low life teenagers hanging around the street corners killing time and some middle-age and overweight bikers riding their annoying junk. It's definitely nothing compared to what we have here in P-town. Let's hope those people stay out of our city.

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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

Matt, your delusional vision of Pleasanton, and your condescending opinion of Livermore is sad. Livermore is marching forward, while Pleasanton is stuck in neutral.

Unlike P-Town, if Livermore had the opportunity of acquiring a larger waterslide park in their area, a historical weekend excursion train from Sunol to their downtown, a downtown skating rink for children at Christmas, a facility with multiple ice-rinks sponsored by a professtional Hockey team, they would have jumped at the chances.

Their multi-level public parking lot, Livermore's Bankhead Theater, their multi-screen theater, their coming Performing Arts venue, and at least four or five locations with live music each weekend, make Livermore a much more progressive city.

I seriously doubt that Hacienda Business Park (the source of a great deal of our income), or the Alameda County Fairgrounds and Racetrack, could be built today with the rampant nimbyism and selfishness that currently exists in this community.

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