IKEA: 1, preservationists: 0

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I just broke down and made my first purchase at the newly opened Brooklyn IKEA¦ I don’t have anything against the company or its products in the abstract, but they totally demolished a beautiful old block in my neighborhood to make way for their big, bland, blue and yellow box store. Before: lovely cobblestone streets and 19th century warehouses. After: smooth roads and a massive parking lot. And of course, that blue and yellow box.

On the one hand, they did build a lovely little park on the waterfront behind the store, and there’s plenty to be said for the creation of new jobs and modern infrastructure. On the other hand, I don’t understand why they couldn’t have simply gutted and reused some of those old buildings it would have been the coolest IKEA in the world.

In the meantime, I guess it’s time to sand and stain my little bedside table

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