The 1½-mile strip of Wilshire Boulevard between La Brea and Fairfax avenues was bought up by developers in the 1920s, and they created a commercial district that catered to automobile traffic. Nobody thought the venture could be successful, so the burgeoning strip became known as Miracle Mile. It was the world's first linear downtown, with building designs incorporating wide store windows to attract attention from passing cars. As L.A.'s art deco buildings have come to be appreciated, preserved, and restored over the years, the area's exemplary architecture is a highlight. The surrounding Mid-Wilshire area encompassing Miracle Mile includes the notable Petersen Automotive Museum (clad in steel racing stripe ribbons) and the years-in-the-making Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, with its massive spherical extension that beckons visitors to the many wonders of the film industry.


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