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.