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Miracle Mile

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Miracle Mile is a lovely preserved art deco neighborhood in the heart of the city. Home to Museum Row, including LACMA and the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and the future Academy Museum, it’s a vibrant, energetic, and artistic place. Envisioned by real estate developer A.W. Ross in the 1920s, it was originally coined the Wilshire Boulevard Center, but when a friend allegedly told him, “From the way you talk, A.W., one would think this is really a miracle mile.” The name, of course, stuck.

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Urban Light, the large-scale assemblage sculpture by Chris Burden installed at LACMA in 2008, has become an iconic, often photographed location for Angelenos and tourists alike.

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The Farmers Market at The Grove is a favorite destination for me and many others. Whether I’m grabbing a quick birthday gift, picking up fresh produce, or enjoying ¡Loteria! Grill‘s fine, unique Mexican bites and pitchers of beer with friends, the Farmers Market is a spirited and happening haven for all.

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The art deco El Rey Theatre was designed by Clifford A. Balch, who built over 20 of Los Angeles’s grand movie palaces in the 1920s and 1930s. Upcoming shows include sets by The Knocks, Patty Griffin, and They Might Be Giants.

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The Miracle Mile skylight at sunset.

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Canter’s Deli, open 24 hours, serves 4,000 knishes per week. A favorite among locals, and used often as a location in film shoots, Canter’s was even visited by President Barack Obama in 2014.

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The Palihotel is a new addition to Miracle Mile and West Hollywood. With rooftop parties on the weekends, and a delicious brunch at The Hart and the Hunter, it’s a favorite place of mine. I recommend their butter biscuits and smoked trout.

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Homes in the Miracle Mile neighborhood have long been attractive to celebrities, artists, and executives alike. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain once lived here on Fairfax Avenue.

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Location is everything in this town, and Miracle Mile, being adjacent West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Larchmont Village, is a classic Los Angeles neighborhood.

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Demographics

The 2000 U.S. Census counted 41,683 residents in the 2.78-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 14,988 people per square mile, among the highest population densities for the city and the county. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 47,176. The median age for residents was 34, about the city’s average.

Mid-Wilshire was said to be “highly diverse” when compared to the city at large. The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was: whites, 33.6%; blacks, 22.7%; Latinos, 19.9%; Asians, 19.8%; and others, 3.9%. Mexico (16.1%) and Korea (24%) were the most common places of birth for the 25.1% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure that was considered average for the city as a whole.

The median household income in 2008 dollars was $58,483, average for Los Angeles. The average household size of 2.1 people was low for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 78.3% of the housing units, and home- or apartment owners the rest.

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Schools

  • Los Angeles Senior High School, LAUSD, 4650 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, private high school, 5444 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Shalhevet School, private K-12, 910 South Fairfax Avenue
  • Los Angeles Community Adult School, 4650 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Hancock Park Elementary School, LAUSD, 408 South Fairfax Avenue
  • New Los Angeles Charter School, private middle, 1919 South Burnside Avenue
  • Cathedral Chapel Elementary School, private, 755 South Cochran Avenue
  • Westside Jewish Community Center. private elementary, 5870 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Wilshire Crest Elementary School, LAUSD, 5241 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Queen Anne Place Elementary School, LAUSD, 1212 Queen Anne Place
  • Rejoyce in Jesus Christian School, private, 1304 South Cochran Avenue

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Film History

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