The Miracle Mile

The Miracle Mile


The Miracle Mile is a stretch of almost two miles of Wilshire Boulevard located between Fairfax and Western Avenues, including the area known as Park La Brea. Located south of 3rd and the Fairfax District, and north of San Vicente, The Miracle Mile is situated west of the community of Hancock Park.

In the 1920’s, Wilshire Boulevard was an unpaved farm road that ran through bean fields and dairy farms. Developer A.W. Ross wanted to create a commercial district to rival downtown Los Angeles, one that would focus on the automobile as the primary means of travel. Ross intentionally built an enclave that would make use of dedicated left turn lanes and large, easy to read retail signs and billboards that could stand out from behind the wheels of cars moving at more than 30 miles per hour. He demanded that businesses on this portion of Wilshire Boulevard include spacious parking lots in their building plans. This area that rose to unexpected prominence was dubbed “America’s Champ Elysees,” hence its name, “Miracle Mile.”

The Miracle Mile’s famed Art Deco bank is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The community is featured in the cult film, “The Miracle Mile,” and is home to Museum Row, a collection of museums located within walking distance to each other, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Peterson Automotive Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum, and the Folk Art Museum. Primarily a commercial district, The Miracle Mile houses many restaurants and shops as well. It is thought of as being more affluent than its neighboring districts of Koreatown and Westlake.

The major thoroughfares running through The Miracle Mile are Wilshire and Olympic Boulevards, La Brea and Fairfax Avenues, and 6th Street. The densely populated area is a source of traffic congestion in the city, and a proposal has been submitted to extend the Metro Purple Line light rail subway to alleviate the problem. However, there is currently a ban on tunneling in the area, due to underround methane gas leeks that have been discovered.

Worth visiting are the Tar Pits where skeletal remains of saber tooth tigers, wolves, and a skeleton of a human being were discovered, and the world known La Brea Tar Pits, containing the excavated remains, viewable at the museum, which is surrounded by beautiful Hancock Park, ideal for picnics. Auto lovers love exploring vintage cars at the Peterson Automotive Museum, while art enthusiasts enjoy the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), or witness the visiting exhibits like Van Gogh in the event’s building. Reach out to El Rey for entertainment and appreciate the musical performances, or visit Conga Room for live salsa and other nightclubs along the Miracle Mile Strip.




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