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Ikea's Red Hook Strategy: Christmastime Everytime!

Those put asunder by yesterday's news of Ikea's pending approval to build in Red Hook will find some comfort at the personal website of Mary Campbell Gallagher. Gallagher, an Upper East Side resident and self-described "spirited advocate for American urbanism," offers her arguments against the Red Hook Ikea plan, such as,

SEDUCTION. Ikea has bought Christmas presents for the children in Red Hook Houses, given trips to Ikea in New Jersey, water cups and Ikea T-shirts. If an Ikea store in Red Hook is such a good idea, why does Ikea have to seduce people to get it?
Ikea's handing out Christmas presents? And we weren't there? People, this is what tips@curbed.com is for. Help us help you!
· Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D., Ph.D. [MaryCampbellGallagher.com]