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

Mall of America gets a lift; 1992 design to get update to a cleaner, lighter look

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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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