Where are the protests? Where are the community outreach meetings? Where is the permit negotiation and design review? Nope, somehow IKEA is buddy-buddy with the PDC.
Under the criteria of why WalMart is bad for a city, IKEA is just as bad. They may pay more and seek "sustainable" practices in the development of their low cost products BUT: they have a huge traffic impact, reverse shopping patterns away from local furniture resellers, manufacture in China, displace local value-added businesses, place an emphasis on disposable possessions, and take up large chunks of urban space. Who cares if they shave off a bigger sliver of the spoils for their employees. IKEA is a suburban car-culture oriented business that just happens to appeal to the condo-set.
WALMART = BAD
IKEA = GOOD
What do you think?