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Birth of the Miracle Mile

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The history buffs at KCET explain how the Miracle Mile grew from a 20 foot wide dirt road in 1921 ("flanked by oil wells and barley fields") into a bustling retail district (with plenty of parking in back) and finally into today's museum row. The Miracle Mile was originally developed by AW Ross; people thought he was crazy to try to draw shoppers from Downtown, especially without an electric rail line on Wilshire. Ninety years, one Ross Dress for Less explosion, and a Purple Line extension plan later... [KCET, image via]