Here’s L.A.’s Miracle Mile District in 1940. Today, Park La Brea occupies the undeveloped land in the middle of the image. 
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Here’s L.A.’s Miracle Mile District in 1940. Today, Park La Brea occupies the undeveloped land in the middle of the image. 

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A double-decker bus passes the intersection of Wilshire & Western (and the Wiltern Theater) in 1934. 
Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A double-decker bus passes the intersection of Wilshire & Western (and the Wiltern Theater) in 1934. 

Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1922 aerial view of the intersection of Wilshire and San Vicente boulevards, surrounded by open space.
Wilshire is the road running from top to bottom, and San Vicente cuts across the photo diagonally. Behind the intersection, in the distance, is the future site of the Miracle Mile retail district.
Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1922 aerial view of the intersection of Wilshire and San Vicente boulevards, surrounded by open space.

Wilshire is the road running from top to bottom, and San Vicente cuts across the photo diagonally. Behind the intersection, in the distance, is the future site of the Miracle Mile retail district.

Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

The Art Deco-style Pellissier Building, today home to the Wiltern Theatre, rises from the corner of Wilshire and Western in 1931. 
Part of the USC Digital Library’s Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

The Art Deco-style Pellissier Building, today home to the Wiltern Theatre, rises from the corner of Wilshire and Western in 1931. 

Part of the USC Digital Library’s Dick Whittington Photography Collection.

1917 view of Lafayette Park, looking to the northwest toward Hollywood. Wilshire Boulevard is visible on the extreme left.
Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.

1917 view of Lafayette Park, looking to the northwest toward Hollywood. Wilshire Boulevard is visible on the extreme left.

Part of the Title Insurance and Trust, and C.C. Pierce Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.