The backbone of Los Angeles, Wilshire Blvd. is sometimes described as Los Angeles’ true downtown, as the 16-mile boulevard runs through three Los Angeles cities, lined along the way with most of the city’s high-rise business buildings.
Wilshire Blvd. is the core of Los Angeles’ Mid-Wilshire district, which has La Cienega Blvd. on its west boundary, Hoover St. at its east, Melrose Ave. at its north, and the Santa Monica 10 Freeway at its south.
The Miracle Mile – stretching between Fairfax Ave. and La Brea Ave. – is a particularly famous strip of Mid-Wilshire. First developed in the 1920’s, up until the 1960’s the Miracle Mile – knicknamed “America’s Champs-Élysées” – was one of Los Angeles’ most important shopping districts. Today the Miracle Mile is still lined with stores and LA highlights, such as the La Brea Tar Pits and LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). And while the Miracle Mile is one of Los Angeles’ most densely populated neighborhood, the area is much more upscale than equally crowded areas of Los Angeles, such as Korea Town and West Lake (districts which also run along Wilshire Blvd.).
Wilshire Blvd.’s Location in Los Angeles
Wilshire Blvd. runs east/west through most of Los Angeles. Going east on Wilshire from downtown Los Angeles, you’ll run through Korea Town, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Westwood, Century City/west Los Angeles, to Santa Monica, right to the coastline. The Mid-Wilshire district has Hollywood to its north, Los Angeles proper to its south, downtown Los Angeles to its east, and Century City and Santa Monica to its west.
Mid-Wilshire warms up to 85°F on average (August-September) and Mid-Wilshire chills lowest at about 48°F (December-January).
MTA buses run up and down the length of Wilshire, and Los Angeles Metro Red Line subway runs alongside Wilshire from downtown Los Angeles to Wilshire and Western Ave., in Korea Town. Most blocks of Wilshire Blvd. are a few miles north or south from major freeways the 101 and the 10, and in west Los Angeles Wilshire Blvd. intersects the 405.
Mid-Wilshire is mainly served by four public high schools that are part of Los Angeles Unified School District: Fairfax High, at Fairfax Ave. and Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, Belmont High, on Beverly Blvd. east of Hoover, Alexander Hamilton High in Beverlywood, and Los Angeles High, at Olympic Blvd. and West Blvd. Los Angeles High is also home to one of the city’s largest adult education centers. Many affluent families also send their children to the many private schools in Mid-Wishire.