In last week’s Tracy Press, there was discussion about the fact that the downtown area seems to be dying a slow death, what with the closing of some businesses (“Businesses close, open in downtown,” Page 2)
In this writer’s opinion, a large part of the reason is that there are few places to go and enjoy a good full breakfast, nor any other full-service eateries at night other than the Great Plate that are within walking distance of the downtown area.
The powers that be need to take a look at Pleasanton, which has a downtown that’s a vibrant, bustling business area with an abundance of restaurants of all kinds, from pizza parlors to fast food, Mexican, Italian and everything in between.
Why doesn’t Tracy promote its Portuguese and Basque heritage? Are the city fathers ashamed of the fact? Why not promote the railroad heritage in some way? At one time I believe there were three major railroads that converged here in Tracy: Union Pacific, Southern Pacific and Western Pacific.
To the City Council: If you really want to seriously revitalize the downtown, you are going to have to do one hell of a lot better job than you are doing now.