Car Town - what's important

We're way excited to be getting an IKEA store in the Detroit area (say what you will about IKEA, but it's inexpensive, functional, and appealing in a modern/Scandinavian fashion sense). And of course, being the Detroit area, they give the following important stats on the Coming Soon! page for the Canton Store:

  • Acres: 20 (primary parcel)
  • Square Feet: 311,000
  • Parking Spaces: 1300

What was also suprising is that in Sweden (where they apparently call it ik-ee-ah), where cars are not that common, the IKEA store looks the exact same. Big Box with a huge parking lot and lots of cars. Of course, I would think carrying your new desk and bedroom set on the train would be somewhat... troublesome.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.