Bay seniors shouldn’t mistake the concrete crossroads of Highways 580 and 680 for the town of Pleasanton. Yes, there are malls and business parks all over this booming section of the Tri-Valley. But downtown Pleasanton itself is a pleasant surprise , especially on a warm summer night strolling down the few blocks of Main Street whose Victorian, Colonial Revival and Queen Anne storefronts have (mostly) been restored as befits a 19th century town, once a refuge for Valley banditos. There is an assortment of reasonably priced restaurants of various ethnicities with open patios. On Friday nights there are free outdoor concerts in Wayside Park. OK, I’ll admit it. There isn’t that much to do but the place has a quiet, small town charm and certainly lives up to its name.

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