Livermore to study downtown parking options

Oct 31, 2013 Full story: Inside Bay Area 35

Building another parking structure, sharing existing spaces or charging for premium spots are just a few of the options Livermore will explore as it takes a comprehensive look at downtown parking.

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Common Sense

Pleasanton, CA

#2 Nov 2, 2013
Don't build the arts theater nobody wants. There is a lot of parking on that lot that is filled up every weekend bringing a ton of business downtown. The performing arts theater will just sit there empty because no one wants to come to livermore for the arts when San Francisco is so close and we already have the Bankhead that is not doing so well. And don't even think about starting to charge for parking, we can all go elsewhere.

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#3 Nov 2, 2013
Yeah that regional theatre has always been a stupid idea. And what about that big three or four story parking garage? I've never actually needed to park in it when going downtown, which just shows the parking situation isn't that bad. I always manage to find parking on 1st, 2nd, or worst 3rd St or on the side streets between 1st or 2nd. But if there was absolutely nothing, that big ass multi-million dollar parking garage is within a few blocks of everywhere downtown. I really don't see the need to spend more money on downtown. The money could be better allocated.
Oct

Winnetka, CA

#4 Nov 5, 2013
I completely agree with Ssophiiee. If the town wishes to spend money downtown, how about getting rid of some of those ridiculous, overpriced stores, and better yet, the seemingly endless food establishments that has helped to make downtown look like an outdoor open food court.
Amused

Pleasanton, CA

#5 Nov 6, 2013
Oct wrote:
I completely agree with Ssophiiee. If the town wishes to spend money downtown, how about getting rid of some of those ridiculous, overpriced stores, and better yet, the seemingly endless food establishments that has helped to make downtown look like an outdoor open food court.
No restaurants and no stores. What's left?

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#6 Nov 7, 2013
Amused wrote:
<quoted text>No restaurants and no stores. What's left?
I believe he/she said "some". Obviously every downtown needs some restaurants and shops.
Oct

San Ramon, CA

#7 Nov 7, 2013
Yes, I (she) said "some".
Amused

Pleasanton, CA

#8 Nov 7, 2013
My error to the "some." But what else would draw in the money?

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#9 Nov 7, 2013
Amused wrote:
My error to the "some." But what else would draw in the money?
If there were reasonably priced clothes down there, I would shop down there. I liked that Curio store. But the owner moved back down South. Now it's that Picket Fences store. She does consignment. And her prices are just a bit higher than what I want to pay for used clothes. All the other clothing places are boutique-y. That Glamour Girl place or whatever, I checked out their clearance rack they had on the sidewalk,$40 for a tank top!!! No thanks! It was the same type of thing I would buy at Wet Seal or Forever 21 for $15.
Oct

San Ramon, CA

#10 Nov 8, 2013
I don't know what else would draw in the money, but I echo Ssophiiee's sentiment above regarding overpriced, boutique-y stores. Forever 12/Wet Seal/Love Culture is where I prefer to shop. I wish I could support the local businesses more often, but their jacked-up prices make that impossible for m And, do those overpriced, boutique-y stores downtown really draw in the money? Is that really what the average downtown shopper really wants? Do people actually shop exclusively downtown? If that were the case, would there be so many crappy food establishments?
Oct

San Ramon, CA

#11 Nov 8, 2013
Sorry for all of the typo's. I can barely get through my last post without gagging hahah. Insomnia is not my friend.
Suz

Livermore, CA

#12 Nov 8, 2013
Oct wrote:
I completely agree with Ssophiiee. If the town wishes to spend money downtown, how about getting rid of some of those ridiculous, overpriced stores, and better yet, the seemingly endless food establishments that has helped to make downtown look like an outdoor open food court.
Hey bumpkin, guess you would like it to be the boring cowtown it used to be. How about getting on your horse and riding out of town.
Oct

San Ramon, CA

#13 Nov 8, 2013
Suz wrote:
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Hey bumpkin, guess you would like it to be the boring cowtown it used to be. How about getting on your horse and riding out of town.
How does despising the current downtown open food court and over-priced boutiques equal preferring "the boring cowtowon it used to be"?
And, how does despising the above make one a bumpkin?
That's ridiculous.
And, no horse here. We belong to motorcycle club. Eat my dust.
Suz

Livermore, CA

#14 Nov 8, 2013
Oct wrote:
<quoted text>
How does despising the current downtown open food court and over-priced boutiques equal preferring "the boring cowtowon it used to be"?
And, how does despising the above make one a bumpkin?
That's ridiculous.
And, no horse here. We belong to motorcycle club. Eat my dust.
You are probably one of the middle-aged losers parading down first street on their bikes to the amusement of the onlookers (people eating and enjoying the outdoors). You obviously haven't been to many thriving cities. Don't go downtown since it bothers you so much and you can't afford it. I think The Oak Door is more your style. Better avoid Europe too since you would really despise what goes on there.

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#15 Nov 8, 2013
Suz wrote:
<quoted text>Hey bumpkin, guess you would like it to be the boring cowtown it used to be. How about getting on your horse and riding out of town.
Do you allow any gray area? Oct was just echoing my statement that the clothing stores down there are overpriced. And before that we were both thinking of what kind of places would be good. No one said all stores close up shop and make way for, nothing.
Suz

Livermore, CA

#16 Nov 8, 2013
Ssophiiee wrote:
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Do you allow any gray area? Oct was just echoing my statement that the clothing stores down there are overpriced. And before that we were both thinking of what kind of places would be good. No one said all stores close up shop and make way for, nothing.
If the stores downtown are overpriced to the point people won't shop in them, then they will go out of business. Otherwise, they must be doing something right and attracting customers to stay in business. The sales tax they are collecting help Livermore. Downtown is thriving, so why the complaints. If you want cheap clothing, Walmart is a short drive south amd the Outlet stores are just west.
Suz

Livermore, CA

#17 Nov 8, 2013
Oops, Walmart is North. Wouldn't want you to get lost.

Since: Mar 11

Livermore 94551

#18 Nov 9, 2013
Suz wrote:
<quoted text>If the stores downtown are overpriced to the point people won't shop in them, then they will go out of business. Otherwise, they must be doing something right and attracting customers to stay in business. The sales tax they are collecting help Livermore. Downtown is thriving, so why the complaints. If you want cheap clothing, Walmart is a short drive south amd the Outlet stores are just west.
Some of the stores have gone out of business. And even more restaurants have too. There would be more sales tax revenue if more people shopped there. So making the stores more affordable is in the business owners' and city's best interest. I loved shopping at Curio and I'll pick something up at Picket Fences once in a while. But most of the other stores are really geared towards the wealthy upper-crust, which is no doubt what downtown has gone for since the remodel. But I'm 24-years-old and don't have money to blow. I'm not going to spend $40 on a tank top from a clearance rack. I would love to spend money downtown. I love spending money locally, in fact I work for a local small business, but I'm not going to overspend in order to do that.
Suz

Livermore, CA

#19 Nov 9, 2013
Ssophiiee wrote:
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Some of the stores have gone out of business. And even more restaurants have too. There would be more sales tax revenue if more people shopped there. So making the stores more affordable is in the business owners' and city's best interest. I loved shopping at Curio and I'll pick something up at Picket Fences once in a while. But most of the other stores are really geared towards the wealthy upper-crust, which is no doubt what downtown has gone for since the remodel. But I'm 24-years-old and don't have money to blow. I'm not going to spend $40 on a tank top from a clearance rack. I would love to spend money downtown. I love spending money locally, in fact I work for a local small business, but I'm not going to overspend in order to do that.
Fair enough, but need to let capitalism take its course to see what works best. Basically, downtown is benefiting from tourism from people with money visiting the wineries. Often when a downtown is not doing well, then the low end, low cost shops and even tatoo parlors move in.
Shar

Livermore, CA

#20 Nov 9, 2013
I totally agree that the parking situation is horrible on first street. I love Loards Ice Cream but won't even venture to their new location on first street becuase I dont' want to park blocks away to "run in" for a cone. With little ones in tow, it's just too hard. I go to their 2nd street location where there is always parking. I do not agree with the city putting another monsterous parking structure in either. Not sure what the solution is, but I am very sad that Nestle closed-loved that place!
Oct

San Ramon, CA

#21 Nov 9, 2013
Suz wrote:
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You are probably one of the middle-aged losers parading down first street on their bikes to the amusement of the onlookers (people eating and enjoying the outdoors). You obviously haven't been to many thriving cities. Don't go downtown since it bothers you so much and you can't afford it. I think The Oak Door is more your style. Better avoid Europe too since you would really despise what goes on there.
Hey, 50 is the new 30. I can afford downtown, I just choose not to. You're not getting it, but judging from your replies, I am not surprised. Unfortunately, I can't afford Europe yet, but your advice and silly hostility is highly amusing - thank you for the giggle at you. Needed it today.

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