What is a Miracle Mile?

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sandanzin:
I heard it used in various lyrics but ...
what exactly is a "miracle mile?"
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Donna Richoux:
[nq:1]I heard it used in various lyrics but ... what exactly is a "miracle mile?"[/nq]
As far as I know, it's just a placename, usually a nickname for a shopping district. A Google search on "miracle mile" shows there are any number of cities that now call one of their districts "Miracle Mile." Who did it first, I don't know. Someone else might know more.

I see there are a few other uses, one in connection to fund-raising events, another a poem title about a son miraculously living through an accident. So the uses you see might be more figurative than literal. You could quote us more context, if you like.

Best wishes Donna Richoux
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R H Draney:
sandanzin filted:
[nq:1]I heard it used in various lyrics but ... what exactly is a "miracle mile?"[/nq]
In my childhood, as confirmed by the song "Eddie, Are You Kidding?" by the Mothers, it was a stretch of Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles...one commercial resident was the clothier "Zachary All" immortalized in that song..

In Tucson, it's a stretch of what used to be "business route 10", now bypassed by a limited-access interstate highway..
In Billy Joel's song "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me", it's a place to cruise...I don't know if he had a specific road in mind..

And here in Phoenix, it's a chain of delicatessens where the cuisine of eastern European Jews is prepared and served by Greeks...one of their locations has a pond full of enormous koi who beg for french fries..r
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sage:
[nq:1]I heard it used in various lyrics but ... what exactly is a "miracle mile?"[/nq]
And here's me thinking Roger Bannister, Chris Chattaway ... and a mile in under 4 minutes.
I interviewed Sir Roger in the very early 80s. He was investigating the use of drugs in sport.
Cheers, Sage
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Raymond S. Wise:
[nq:1]I heard it used in various lyrics but ... what exactly is a "miracle mile?"[/nq]
It's a term which is sometimes used for a shopping district, shopping arcade (covered street or passageway with shops alongside it), or shopping center. If used for a shopping center, I'd expect it to be a strip mall (or to have started out as one): there is such a mall called the "Miracle Mile Shopping Center" in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, southwest of Minneapolis.

"Miracle" seems an old-fashioned word to use to name a product, service, or business nowadays. I wonder if the songwriters intend that nuance to come across in their lyrics.

Raymond S. Wise
Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
E-mail: mplsray @ yahoo . com
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Brian Wickham :
[nq:1]sandanzin filted:[/nq]
[nq:2]I heard it used in various lyrics but ... what exactly is a "miracle mile?"[/nq]
[nq:1]In my childhood, as confirmed by the song "Eddie, Are You Kidding?" by the Mothers, it was a stretch of ... Rock and Roll to Me", it's a place to cruise...I don't know if he had a specific road in mind..[/nq]
Billy Joel probably had in mind the stretch of Northern Blvd. in Manhasset, Long Island, NY that has been called the Miracle Mile since at least the early 1950's. It's the first place I had ever heard called that, and it is well known all over Long Island by that name.

Brian Wickham
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Evan Kirshenbaum:
[nq:2]I heard it used in various lyrics but ... what exactly is a "miracle mile?"[/nq]
[nq:1]As far as I know, it's just a placename, usually a nickname for a shopping district. A Google search on ... now call one of their districts "Miracle Mile." Who did it first, I don't know. Someone else might know more.[/nq]
Until this thread I hadn't realized that there were more "Miracle Miles" than Michiagan Avenue in Chicago. I can't get a fix on when that would have been named, although one page
http://www.wasteage.com/ar/waste kind town/
implies that State Street (two blocks west of Michigan Avenue) was the "original 'Miracle Mile'" in Chicago.

Evan Kirshenbaum + HP Laboratories >Voting in the House of
1501 Page Mill Road, 1U, MS 1141 >Representatives is done by means of aPalo Alto, CA 94304 >little plastic card with a magnetic
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sandanzin:
In New Radicals song, "You Get What You Give," has these lyrics:

...
Four A.M. We ran a miracle mile
We´re flat broke But hey we do it in style
...
So What does that mean? They went to the mall at 4 A.M. but were broke?
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Christopher Green:
[nq:1]I heard it used in various lyrics but ... what exactly is a "miracle mile?"[/nq]
It's a shopping or business district, originally upscale or at least meant to be so. The "Miracle Mile" district along Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles dates from the 1920s and is still prestigious. I don't know if that was the first such district to which the name was applied.

Chris Green
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