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Blakeview: Riverwalk Marketplace 

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We move from the lakefront to the riverfront to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Riverwalk. Opened on Aug. 28, 1986, the mall was built on the former site of the International Pavilion of the 1984 World's Fair and cost $60 million. Originally called The Riverwalk Marketplace, it was developed by The Rouse Company (no relation to the local grocery chain), best known for similar waterfront developments in Boston, Baltimore and St. Louis. Stretching half a mile along the Mississippi River, the 180,000-square-foot Riverwalk opened with 136 shops and restaurants. In 2014, after an $82 million renovation, it was rebranded as The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Now owned by The Howard Hughes Corp., it is billed as the nation's first upscale outlet mall in a downtown setting.

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