Santa Monica Place received several high-tech (green) upgrades during its $265-million renovation. Featuring “a solar roof to retailer areas, saving enough energy to power 90 homes.” It reopened this morning. Continue reading for a virtual tour. Click here for more pictures.

By the time Walters arrived at 8 a.m., hordes of shoppers were already lined up in a scene reminiscent of Black Friday crowds. All 500 mall gift cards that had been allotted for the opening, valued from $10 to $500, had been given out to first-comers, many of whom had camped out overnight.

[via LAtimes]