The Miracle Mile is an area in the Mid-Wilshire district and partially in the Mid-City West subregion consisting of a 1.5-mile stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and Highland Avenues. It may also refer to the surrounding neighborhoods such as Park La Brea.
Acclaimed as “America’s Champs-Élysées,” this stretch of Wilshire near the La Brea Tar Pits was named “Miracle Mile” for its improbable rise to prominence. Although the preponderance of shopping malls and the development in the 1960s of financial and business districts in downtown and Century City lessened the Miracle Mile’s importance as a retail and business center, the area has retained its vitality thanks to the addition of several museums and commercial high-rises. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Petersen Automotive Museum, A+D Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, George C. Page Museum, and La Brea Tar Pits pavilions, among others, create “Museum Row” on the Miracle Mile. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars), designed by Renzo Piano, will be in the Wilshire May Company building and a new contemporary structure for theaters.
The Miracle Mile District is one of the city’s more densely populated areas, but is considerably more affluent than other high-density neighborhoods like Westlake and Koreatown. As a result, traffic congestion in the district is high even by LA standards. To alleviate problems and provide an alternative to automobiles for commuters, proposals have been made to extend Los Angeles Metro’s Purple Line subway to Fairfax Avenue or points further west, from its current terminus at Western Avenue in Koreatown.
Miracle mile is a short 10 minute drive from our office, allowing us to respond in a timely fashion to issues at properties we manage in the area.