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Miracle Mile (Coral Gables)

Miracle Mile is a 0.503-mile-long (0.810 km) section of Coral Way between LeJeune Road (SW 42nd Avenue) and Douglas Road (SW 37th Avenue) in the city of Coral Gables, Florida, United States.[1] It is the main east-west road through the city's downtown central business district, consisting of many shops, financial institutions, restaurants and arts institution. The LeJeune Road end of Miracle Mile is anchored by the Coral Gables City Hall.

Miracle Mile
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Length 0.503 mi (0.810 km)
West end SR 953 (LeJeune Road) in Coral Gables
East end Douglas Road in Miami / Coral Gables
Construction
Inauguration 1922

Miracle Mile and the surrounding Downtown Coral Gables area is served indirectly by the Miami Metrorail by transferring from the Douglas Road station to the Coral Gables Trolley at the station. The trolley runs up and down Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Miracle Mile to the Metro.

The boulevard is lined with restaurants, shops, boutiques, art galleries, and today "Downtown Coral Gables, including Miracle Mile, is one of South Florida's most sought-after shopping destinations."[2]

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HistoryEdit

 
Miracle Theater on Miracle Mile

The downtown commercial district, including Miracle Mile, was designed by George Merrick, who could boast that every business in Coral Gables was less than a two-block walk.

 
Colonnade Building, 1926, Coral Gables

The Colonnade Building at 133-169 Miracle Mile was designed in 1926 by Phineas Paist in collaboration with Walter De Garmo and Paul Chalfin in a mixture of Spanish Colonial and Baroque. The main purpose, in Merrick's planning, was to house his growing sales operation. Since the 1920s, the Colonnade has had many tenants including the Colonnade Movie Studios and a World War II parachute factory. Today it houses an hotel and office building designed by Spillis & Candela.[3]

The downtown commercial district was once serviced by a free trolley that ran down Ponce de Leon Boulevard, the main artery bisecting the business district. The old trolley system was replaced by the popularity of modern automobiles until a new free "trolley system" (buses with a "retro" trolly-like livery) was initiated in November 2003.

After declines during the Great Depression and World War II, developers and business took to rebranding the area to turn it into a "high-end shopping destination." Through this vision and investment effort, the area was named Miracle Mile in 1955.[4]

George K. Zain and his wife Rebyl Zain contributed their leadership, enthusiasm and faith to the conception of the high-end shopping boulevard. Zain created a plan to resolve the solution to parking and built parking garages in the area. In 1960, George Zain was nicknamed "Father of Miracle Mile."[4]

Miracle Mile todayEdit

In the Spring of 2016, Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue began undergoing a street-scape design update. New York-based architecture firm Cooper Robertson has undertaken this $21 million re-design project. The new concept includes wider sidewalks, curb-less street edge lined with low stones and greenery, and a change in the parking structure.[4]

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