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Most Readers Disappointed IKEA Not Coming to Somerville, But Only Sort Of

Some responses to our poll, "Are you sad IKEA is not coming to Somerville?"

Most people who responded to our said they were sad the furniture wasn't coming to Somerville, but they were sad for multiple reasons.

In the poll, 58 percent of people responded to the question "Are you sad IKEA is not coming to Somerville?" with "Yes. I was looking forward to shopping there, especially for the Swedish meatballs."

Another 29 percent of respondents said, "No. I didn't think IKEA was right for Somerville anyway."

That said, the issue didn't seem terribly important to people, considering the poll received just 17 votes as of early Sunday afternoon.

Some people were disappointed IKEA wasn't coming, but not because they wanted to shop there.

Matt C., for instance, commented, "The reasons why one would be disappointed are flawed. I'm not disappointed because I can no longer shop there rather that the town is losing out on the economic activity—new jobs, new tax revenue, point of interest and differentiation for Assembly Square."

Joan commented about a large IKEA purchase she made a couple of years ago, saying, "Stoughton got the benefit of my purchase. Wish it had been Somerville. I think Matt C nailed the real adverse impact of this decision on Somerville: the loss of economic activity for the city, and loss of a unique retailer whose products are tailor made for the area's huge student population."

Another reader, mplo, had mixed feelings, but wasn't sad to avoid the traffic IKEA might have brought to the area.

A few people thought it would be a great location for a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.

Paul White July 25, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Well what do you expect the mystic view task force held this project up for years because the guy that lives up on top of the hill is a big shot lawyer would have lost his view so the whole city has to pay by now in the 10s of millions of dollars,lost tax revenues etc now well be lucky to get a family dollar there with this economy thanx alot
AHM July 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Right on Paul. Project could have been done years ago if not for them. City can never make up the loss suffered by their interference. City put them through hell from the start. Not that I care about Ikea. I think they just don't see making money here in this economy. Maybe they will just build more condos and add more congestion to this city.
Mary Ellen O'Reilly Powers July 25, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The Mystic View Task force was also responsible for the developer footing part of the bill for the T stop there. They did a good thing!
AHM July 25, 2012 at 07:41 PM
A mere drop in the bucket compared to the millions and millions of tax dollars and lost wages on something that could have been built ten years ago from being held hostage by them. Even if we had to pay for it we would have been millions of dollars ahead and the jobs people would have had would have really helped this city. These people should be made to pay for this loss to us..

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