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(April 10, 2012 12:13 PM, by Arnold Kling) from Ikea. The Globe and Mail reports Where once they placed a couch in a living room, the Swedes now want to place you and 6,000 neighbours into a neglected corner of your city, design an entire urban world around... (0 COMMENTS)
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