For two decades, the Mall of America has contemplated its much-anticipated second act. But a tough economy has caused mall officials to scale back on some ambitious ideas that have been floated over the years. Instead, new development has occurred in smaller steps -- including an Ikea store in 2004, and an upscale Radisson Blu hotel that is now taking shape on the Bloomington megamall's southern flank…In a statement, Mayo spokesman Karl Oestreich said the world-renowned health care system is "still exploring development options for a permanent facility in Mall of America. Mayo Clinic believes that health care in the future won't be limited to clinics and hospitals. Health care providers need to adapt to people's changing needs, including seeing patients where and when it is convenient for them."
Star Tribune by Janet Moore