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Old 12-22-2017, 06:07 AM
 
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Cheap stuff. Should be in Auburn, AL.
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Old 12-22-2017, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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"Marietta releases renderings of Franklin Gateway" (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Marietta releases renderings of Franklin Gateway Ikea
I see Marietta ignores trying to make this corridor more walkable, more urban and continues with the status-quo that lead to the corridors previous downfall.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:04 AM
 
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I see Marietta ignores trying to make this corridor more walkable, more urban and continues with the status-quo that lead to the corridors previous downfall.
That's a terrible site plan. Mayretta should have insists on something better.

Probably a demand by IKEA. These retailers love their surface parking lots out front.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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That's a terrible site plan. Mayretta should have insists on something better.

Probably a demand by IKEA. These retailers love their surface parking lots out front.
Zoning would have required a more ped friendly design. Of course I'm waiting for 'no one goes to IKEA without a car reply'
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:37 AM
 
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Zoning would have required a more ped friendly design. Of course I'm waiting for 'no one goes to IKEA without a car reply'
I want Marta to have a transit station or stop at IKEA.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I want Marta to have a transit station or stop at IKEA.
IKEA currently has a sheltered stop of the Atlantic Station shuttle. MARTA bus route 37 has a stop at the corner. So currently IKEA has transit stops.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:47 AM
 
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Zoning would have required a more ped friendly design. Of course I'm waiting for 'no one goes to IKEA without a car reply'
True, cq. Almost no one goes to IKEA without a car.

However, that doesn't open the door for pedestrian-unfriendly design.

Creating a walkable environment takes a bit of care and it has to be comprehensive and long term. You can create six blocks of pedestrian oriented design, but plop one mega surface lot in the middle of it and you've sent a clear message that this is exclusively car territory. The effect is even more pronounced when the lot is abuts the sidewalk and the actual building is set back far away.

And it's very hard to remedy these situations. Things like this IKEA will likely be there for at least 20 years. And one development like this tends to bring more of the same. So the opportunity to make major pedestrian friendly changes often comes along only once in a generation, if that.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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IKEA recently opened their second DFW location in Grand Prairie which is a bit of a surprise. Kind of if they had opted for a second Atlanta location in Jonesboro.

The first one is in Frisco (think Dallas version of Alpharetta) so at least they have spread the two to cover different areas of the metroplex and are about 25 miles apart from each other.
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Old 12-22-2017, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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I see Marietta ignores trying to make this corridor more walkable, more urban and continues with the status-quo that lead to the corridors previous downfall.
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That's a terrible site plan. Mayretta should have insists on something better.

Probably a demand by IKEA. These retailers love their surface parking lots out front.
Marietta has a very walkable urban core around the square and the city leaders have done much to increase its urban walkable feel. I'm sure creating a "walkable urban vibe" was not on the forefront of plans for redeveloping a crummy corner of their city that abuts a mile wide interstate.

Snagging IKEA for this corridor is a huge, huge win for the city.
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Old 12-22-2017, 09:24 AM
 
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At least there's a sidewalk and trees by the road.

Not sure what else to ask for from a giant box retailer by a highway. That sells a lot of heavy bulky stuff. (Here come the urbanists' demands...)
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