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October 25, 2007

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We're losing....

"...a traffic engineer who conducted a study of IKEA’s impact, said the store will generate most of its traffic during off-peak hours on the weekend. He said that is a benefit because it does not add to the normal weekday commuting flow..."
That's great for the commuters from Medford, Melrose, Everett, Stoneham, etc. who use our streets during the week.
What about us???
What about gridlock caused on a Saturday when we're trying to get to youth sports, shopping, errands, etc.?? Do our lives come to a standstill? Don't forget, when IKEA opened in New Jersey, just off a major highway, they found it necessary to create a new exit, just for IKEA traffic. Don't quite see that happening on McGrath Highway.
"...A lack of open space in the development was also raised by city residents at the first public hearing and IKEA responded by revising its plans to include more trees and landscaped medians..."
I thought IKEA was the 'green', ecology-friendly retailer? Why would they need to be pressured into adding trees? I also don't think that 'open space' and 'landscaped medians' are quite the same thing.
I'm very afraid that IKEA will not be a positive addition to the city of Somerville. Little by little we're losing our 'small town feel' which is what has made Somerville so attractive. Once we become a cross between Route 1 and Kendall Square, the attraction will be gone - for me, anyway!

Whatever

Other than its grand opening week (or month) when they'll probably be giving away Swedish meatballs, I don't think traffic will be as horrible as people fear. Remember, when the Stoughton store opened, it was the ONLY IKEA in the area. Soon, there will be two, thus splitting the customer base.

somebody

I've been to other IKEAs... in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Virginia... They all have traffic issues. The best one was the New Jersey one because they right off the Jersey Turnpike and have their own exit.

Imux

I've been to other IKEAs... in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Virginia... They all have traffic issues. The best one was the New Jersey one because they right off the Jersey Turnpike and have their own exit.

Posted by: somebody | October 25, 2007 at 11:49 AM

You people will find any reason to complain and whine. Get over it. IKEA is coming.

somebody

Imux,

Isn't that what this forum is for? :-)

Paulie

We're Losing

Somerville is a husling bustling city NOT the Mayberry RFD you envision it to be move to Hubbardston if you want small town:>)

Cheers

Paulie

Jack Meofe

Is it me or weren't they suppose to have built this friggin store years ago lol?

open

What does ikea stand for.I like to see somerville progress and get new stores and tax dollars but we are the most dence city in america per capita we should be the richest per capita too.Show us the money

Diogenes

"...a traffic engineer who conducted a study of IKEA’s impact, said..."

I've heard that guy, Patrick Dunphy, defend a half dozen other projects for developers. He's nothing more than a hired liar.

"Somerville is a husling bustling city NOT the Mayberry RFD."

That's exactly the point. Developments like IKEA and the A.S. Mall belong in the suburbs, where they can best handle the traffic. Bringing IKEA to the the densest city in New England is traffic engineering madness.

"Show us the money." Well, the Assembly Square Developers showed Joe Curtatone thirty pieces of silver when they first elected him. He promised us $5 million per year in new taxes. Where is it? Killing the city's best hope for tax relief was the price of getting him elected. I'd guess he thinks that it was worth it.

"I thought IKEA was the 'green', ecology-friendly retailer?" That's all marketing. They make a big show of putting up an energy efficient building, but the business model that has made them the richest furniture seller on earth produces more air pollution than any other retailer on earth.

"What does ikea stand for." IK is the founder's initials, and EA are the first letters of the Swedish town that he grew up in.

The only good thing that we will get from IKEA are the jobs, which are better than most in that industry. But to do this, the city will have to stay on top of IKEA. I hope those responsible can do a better job than the city planners did.

Paulie

That's exactly the point. Developments like IKEA and the A.S. Mall belong in the suburbs, where they can best handle the traffic. Bringing IKEA to the the densest city in New England is traffic engineering madness.

>>would you explain which suburb in Greater Boston that can best handle an IKEA,they said they couldn't handle it in Stoughton..it is working out..all of the above is more nonsense from cats with only three pieces of silver in their own pockets but a wealth of opinion coming out of their fingahs

open

Three mile island worked awhile in nj why not here. Just because it works some place else does not mean it will work here .Your comparing apples and oranges.

Fool on the Hill

Paulie,

Diogenes doesn't seem to be awake at this hour. Searching for an honest man among Somerville's government officials can be exhausting. So please permit me to respond.

Since you're a deep thinker, perhaps you can answer your own question if I give you a few hints.

Why do you suppose that downtown areas zone for 1 or less parking spaces per 1,000 square feet of retail building, while suburbs zone for 4 parking spaces per 1,000 square feet?

Do you believe that Somerville's density is more that of a suburb, or a downtown?

How many parking spaces per thousand square feet has our Planning Board zoned for at Assembly Square?

Bonus points question: What was the only group in Somerville advocating for one-space-per-thousand-square feet zoning, and why do you think they were demonized?

Ron Newman

Three mile island worked awhile in nj

I have no idea what this sentence means.

Jim

I don't agree with the traffic engineer at all. When IKEA goes in there, Sullivan SQ is going to be a mess, more than usual.

Like New Jersey. IKEA should have its own, on and off ramps. Or some sort of mitigating reconfiguration. It's already bad as is, imagine holiday traffic when everyone is rushing to buy gifts at the last minute.

By the way, I think the Burlington Mall should also have its own ramps too.

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