In the 1920s, A.W. Ross decided to develop a car-friendly shopping district in a strategic area of Los Angeles. He widened the street into a scenic boulevard and provided parking behind retail shops, making it easier for drivers to navigate the area. Stores along the boulevard were designed so that potential customers could see into the storefront windows from their cars. Ross's associates soon realized the potential of combining driving and window-shopping and renamed the boulevard the "Miracle Mile."
In the 1990s, Miracle Mile experienced significant revitalization. Lovely professional landscaping now offsets extraordinary buildings in the Art Deco, Streamline Modern and Spanish Colonial Revival styles. Many older buildings have been renovated or remodeled, and new businesses are appearing all the time. Community-friendly and aesthetically appealing, Miracle Mile continues to be promoted as a burgeoning cultural and business center.
Miracle Mile today is made up of a mix of retail businesses, offices, restaurants and art galleries. Many non-profit organizations also call the area home. In addition, Miracle Mile hosts community events such as the "Light of the Night" walk for the Leukemia Society of America and the Annual County-wide Arts Open House.
Major attractions in and around Miracle Mile include the Melrose District and the Museum Square or "Museum Row." The Melrose District is an exclusive area home to some of the best shopping and designers in the country, as well as a number of high-class trade shops. The Museum Square is home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Page Museum. The Museum Square area includes homes, condos and a number of residential income properties. Park La Brea is another residential area known for its beautiful and historic rental properties.
Residents of Miracle Mile are served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, a district that boasts increases in student test scores year after year. Nearby post-secondary institutions include the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); the University of Southern California (USC); and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). There are also a number of fine community colleges in and throughout Los Angeles County.
For all your traveling needs, Miracle Mile offers easy access to local, national and international markets via the Los Angeles International Airport, three major railroads and major freeway systems, all a short distance away.
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