The Huffington Post reports that IKEA is planning to build “1,200 houses, as well as shops, cafés and a 350-room hotel covering 26 acres by the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.”
Thrilled? Appalled? Here’s a bit more of the description to wet your insatiable IKEA/urbanism whistle…
The whole site will be surrounded by two waterways, so the idea is to create a “mini Venice”, the developers explained on Thursday. Residents can make the most of their waterside location by using the moorings, water taxi service, and even a floating cocktail bar.
Sounds downright lovely.
But of course, the prospect of IKEA – a company who worships at the alters of function with the inexpensive – comes a whole host of potential issues that clash with the zeitgeist that motivates most lovers of urban space. Diversity of product and quality being two of the most prominent. The Pop-Up City blog nicely summarized the internal struggle…
Morning Metro: Decatur Home to Get Energy Makeover, Georgia’s Electric Train Dominance, and a Great CartoonDecatur Metro | December 20, 2011
- Decatur resident wins home energy makeover worth $10,000 [Decatur Minute]
- Jamestown Properties applauded for bringing Dancing Goats to Ponce City Market [Curbed]
- Georgia leads world in one type of electric trains [RenewATL]
- Why Atlantic Station replaced Cold Stone with Yogli Mogli [What Now Atlanta?]
- Atlanta rated as third vainest city by LivingSocial [ABC]
- Chicago planning to create nation’s largest urban park [Atlantic Cities]
- A great “bikes vs. cars” editorial cartoon [The Onion]
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