I wandered around 17th Street and its cross streets Sunday afternoon and took some updated photos (click here to view them), including a few of the IKEA (the blue and yellow building in the shots), which has so many people excited around here. Since I've never been in an IKEA I don't at the moment share the excitement, but I was at least curious about what the building would look like and how it relates to the rest of the development. My initial observation is that unless I'm missing something which is pending in the construction, not much effort was made to encourage foot traffic from the condos, which are located very close to the IKEA. There is a sidewalk in front of the building, but it's currently seperated from the front entrance by both a dropoff on the edge of the parking area, and the front surface parking lot itself. As a practical matter for pedestrians entering from the east it isn't insurmountable (one just steps off the sidewalk and walks across the parking lot, as usual for a big box), but it is rude. Maybe when it's finished there'll be some better pedestrian connectivity of which I'm not aware, but I'm not optimistic.
I also took a few more shots of the ducks in the pond. I was afraid they'd left the area, but either the original ducks or some relatives came back.