The Miracle Mile in Los Angeles has been my favorite neighborhood since I moved here in 2006. The old art deco apartment buildings have such charm. The new modern sleek buildings give it an edge. The streets lined with Spanish Colonial, Tudor, French Normandy, Storybook, Craftsman and Contemporary homes. All the businesses keep the area buzzing with diversity. LACMA feeds my creativity and gives the enclave the arts and culture I wish every neighborhood had. To top it all off, it’s in the middle of L.A.
Early 1920s Spanish-style homes and duplexes share blocks with Country English and Tudor styles. As the area has grown in popularity, so has the density. On Orange Grove Avenue, for example, some four-plexes have been replaced with seven-unit buildings, adding to the parking congestion. Other apartment buildings have been replaced by large-scale condominium complexes, such as those along the 700 block of Spaulding Avenue.
By the 1980s, about half of the original properties in some parts of Miracle Mile had been demolished. Many older units in the area bounded by Detroit Street on the east, Hauser Boulevard on the west, 3rd Street on the north and Wilshire to the south had been replaced with higher-density units. Clamoring for historic designation, residents have pushed to protect older and architecturally significant properties.
Although designation is still pending in that section, a neighboring portion has been approved by the city of Los Angeles. The Miracle Mile North Historical Preservation Overlay Zone stretches from 3rd to Beverly Boulevard and extends west of La Brea and east of Gardner Street.