September 27, 2001 |
On a drive from the site of the World Trade Center to the Pentagon to the Mall of America, a guy has a lot of time to think, look and listen. Flags hang from overpasses, farmers bale hay, summer turns to fall, and the newsreel is narrated by preachers, poets and pundits. Public opinion, called into radio shows from the far corners of 50 states, comes in every accent and runs from dove to hawk, with lots of strange birds in between.
March 21, 2001 |
Police closed the biggest shopping mall in the country for eight hours to search hallways, bathrooms and broom closets for a man wanted in three states. Anthony Zappa, 29, apparently escaped on a motorized cart at the Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis, Bloomington Police Chief Roger Willow said. Zappa is wanted on burglary, auto theft and weapon possession charges in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
June 20, 1998 |
The world's biggest pension fund said it plans to put the U.S.' biggest shopping mall, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., up for sale. The 4.2-million-square-foot complex, which includes more than 520 stores, an indoor theme park and an aquarium, could fetch between $650 million and $700 million, according to people familiar with the situation.
October 5, 1996 |
A teenage rite of passage--hanging out at the mall on weekend nights--ended when the Mall of America began enforcing a curfew for kids under 16. Officials at the nation's biggest shopping and entertainment complex hope to cut down on rowdy behavior by requiring youngsters to be accompanied by someone 21 or older after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
April 4, 1993 |
An attraction to rival Disney World or just an overgrown shopping mall? A little more than six months after opening its doors, the Mall of America seems to be somewhere in between. "I feel overwhelmed. It's decadent," said Jan Fernkes of Bloomington, a first-time visitor peering incredulously at the seven-acre amusement park. "I'm just stumbling around here trying to decide which way is up." She isn't alone. "I've been here three times, and I still get lost," Patrice Asleson of Burnsville, Minn.
December 20, 1992 |
It was the inaugural holiday season at America's mall, an occasion for stretching the limits of human experience. So they started early and big. There was a parade with the debut of Santa A. Claus, 52 (formerly J. Patrick Allen of Catasauqua, Pa.). Then promoters rounded up 10,000 people for a jingle bell choir, purportedly the biggest in history. The date was Nov. 13, burying the quaint notion that Thanksgiving is soon enough.