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Courtesy Photo from Mall of America Mall of America’s West Avenue was designed in 1992 in the motif of a train station or European market.

Mall of America makeover: 1992 design to get update to a cleaner and lighter look


BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — When Mall of America first opened in 1992, it was so big that designers added visual cues to keep shoppers oriented.

Each of the mall’s four main corridors bore a theme. One avenue looked like a train station. Another featured neon.

Now two decades later, the theme concept is out. Instead, the nation’s largest shopping mall has embraced a new design philosophy: clean, light, classy, open — throughout the mall.

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