Miracle Mile Residential Association Newsletter • March 2015

Miracle Mile
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Newsletter • March 2015 • Los Angeles, California                                                                                                    

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Community Fights to Stop Academy Museum Digital Sign District
How to Dress for the Oscars ~ by Greg Goldin
Council District 4 Election Update
MMRA Makes Last Minute Push to Improve Temporary Ordinance Limiting Demolition and Remodeling of Miracle Mile Homes
Miracle Mile HPOZ Update
Miracle Mile Spotlight: Milk Jar Cookies
How "Density Bonus" Laws Cut the Community Out of the Loop
New Demoliton Notification Law Adopted
Strip-Mining L.A.'s Residential Neighborhoods ~ by Shelley Wagers
Larchmont Chronicle's Annual Miracle Mile Edition
Miracle Mile Real Estate • February 2015 Sales

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Digital signs at Nokia Live (Left) and Hollywood/Highhand.


Community Fights to Stop
Academy Museum
Digital Sign District

Academy Museum FEIR Released

The Academy Museum released a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on February 20, 2015. The first step in the approval process for the proposed museum and special event center is a hearing on March 16, 2015.
The Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) continues to oppose the project on several grounds, including: the creation of a digital sign district; the lack of any new parking; unmitigated traffic intrusion into residential areas; and inadequate information on the project’s impact on infrastructure (fire, police, sewers, etc.).
Due to the limited time between the release of the FEIR and the first hearing on the project – as well as the complexity of the project – the MMRA is still in the process of completing its written response to the FEIR, which will be submitted as part of the official record at the hearing on March 16th.
Because of these time constraints and the deadline of this newsletter, the MMRA’s opposition to the proposed project will be fully examined in the April edition of this newsletter.
For additional information:
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Final Environmental Impact Report
Department of City Planning: Academy Museum Hearing Notice
Park LaBrea News/Beverly Press, March 3, 2015: Scaffolding Goes Up Around Academy Museum Site
MMRA Newsletter, October 2014: Nix Pix Museum Says MMRA


How to Dress for the Oscars ~ by Greg Goldin


How to Dress for the Oscars
by Greg Goldin

One of the most pressing issues facing the Miracle Mile is the Academy’s plea to bend the City’s rules to permit its new museum to dress the exterior of the historic May Company building in a combination of digital signs, banners, and super-graphics. As spelled out in the Academy’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), the iconic Art Deco landmark will be transformed into a massive billboard, incessantly selling Hollywood from all four sides of its limestone façade, from the sidewalk to the roof. 
The Academy, it seems, regards one of Los Angeles’s most beloved buildings as little more than a table rasa for hyping Hollywood. All told, the Academy has announced a total of 21,722 square‐feet of signs – and more to follow on the exterior of the theater it plans to build behind the May Company. Remarkably, even the building’s most famous feature, the gold-leaf “perfume bottle” at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, will be defaced, draped in a 63-foot tall Oscar statuette silhouette.
Normally, it would be impossible for the Academy to even contemplate this kind of signage. Landmarked buildings are designated landmarks for a reason: to ensure the continued existence of their architectural and artistic merits. The Academy is working quietly, behind the scenes, to convince the guardians of our cultural heritage – notably, the Los Angeles Conservancy – who thus far are not pleased with the museum’s proposed signage.
But the Academy has, it seems, gained one key ally: LACMA. Before it could even think about applying for the creation of a Sign District – the City’s official designation for L.A. Live-style super graphics and kinetic billboards – they needed a minimum of a 3-acre building site. Their lease with LACMA only provided 2.2-acres. According to the FEIR, LACMA came to the rescue, agreeing to “lend” the missing 0.8 acres “immediately north of the Project Site for a total area of 3 acres.”  No LACMA loan, no Sign District – leaving the May Company, which the Conservancy calls “the grandest example of Streamline Moderne remaining in Los Angeles,” close to its 1939 original.

Click on map to enlarge.
Boundaries of the “North Lawn” show park space eclipsed by the .8-acre parcel LACMA
is lending the Academy Museum to meet the minimum required 3 acres for a Sign District.
Shortly before press time, the MMRA asked LACMA director Michael Govan a few questions about the art museum’s agreement to lend the Academy the additional land to qualify for the creation of a Sign District. As yet, Mr. Govan has not had the opportunity to reply – and we, of course, welcome his views.  Here’s what we’d like to know from LACMA:
  • Does LACMA have any concerns about the extensive signage that would wrap the historic May Company building? Have they expressed these concerns to the Academy and the City?
  • LACMA originally committed (at the time Ogden Drive between Wilshire and Sixth Street was vacated to make way for the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Resnick Pavilion) to keep the May Company building unaltered. How does the Sign District comply with this earlier pledge?
  • According to the FEIR, the Academy will use that additional .8 acres for even more, as yet undisclosed, signage.  Does LACMA approve of this use on its parkland adjacent to Levitated Mass and the Resnick?
What follows are three illustrations submitted by the Academy’s architect, Renzo Piano, depicting the signs that will festoon the May Company building if the Sign District is approved.

Click on illustration to enlarge.
As seen by a pedestrian or driver going west on Wilshire Boulevard, both corners of the May Company building will become massive signs, 38 feet high by 44 feet wide. 

Click on illustration to enlarge.

Along Wilshire Boulevard, at ground level, the old display windows will be filled with digital signs, the pediment above the canopy transformed with a “branding” banner, the eastern corner subsumed beneath yet another huge piece of polychrome plastic, and the golden mosaic blanched with the outline of world’s best-known trophy (barely visible in this rendering but clearly visible in the next, below).

Click on illustration to enlarge.
The full effect of banners, digital displays, and the Oscar statuette, can be seen in this last rendering.  The Art Deco masterpiece is now ready for its close-up!
For additional information:

Academy Museum Final Environmental Impact Report: Academy Supplemental Sign Report

Academy Museum Final Environmental Impact Report: Sign District; Resnick North Lawn Easement

Greg Goldin is the coauthor of Never Built Los Angeles and a curator at the A+D Museum. From 1999 to 2012, he was the architecture critic at Los Angeles Magazine. He is a longtime resident of the Miracle Mile and was featured in the MMRA Channel's YouTube presentation: "The Miracle Mile in Three Tenses: Past, Present, and Future." Greg is an occasional contributor to this newsletter; "LACMA's Billion Dollar Debt (and Michael Govan's Very Good Day)" appeared in the November 2014 edition.



Council District 4 Election Update

Council District 4 Election Update

A Contest for Second Place


The latest tally, released March 12, has candidate David Ryu [photo top left] 149 votes ahead of Tomas O’Grady in a battle for the number two spot in the May 19 runoff to replace Tom LaBonge as Council District 4 representative.
Former LaBonge Chief of Staff, Carolyn Ramsay [photo top right] enhanced her first place position by picking up additional votes. Approximately 10,000 citywide ballots remain to be counted. It is not known how many of these votes are from CD 4, although it now appears reasonably certain that Ramsey will face Ryu in the runoff. The City must certify the final results of the March 3 primary by March 24.
Graphic courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.
For additional information:

City of Los Angeles: March 3, 2015 Primary Ballots Processed as of March 12, 2015

Los Angeles Daily News, March 12, 2015: David Ryu Widens Lead over Tomas O’Grady in L.A. City Council District 4 Race

Larchmont Buzz, March 12, 2015: CD 4 Election Ramsay and Ryu Endorsements
MMRA Makes Last Minute Push to Improve Temporary
Ordinance Limiting Demolition and Remodeling of 
Miracle Mile Homes

MMRA Makes Last Minute Push to Improve

Temporary Ordinance Limiting Demolition and Remodeling of Miracle Mile Homes

At a Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee hearing on February 24, 2015 public testimony was taken on several Interim Control Ordinances (ICO) to limit the demolition and remodeling of single-family homes in 20 neighborhoods throughout the City, including the Miracle Mile. The ICOs are intended to stop the construction of McMansions for two years while the Planning Department implements much needed reform of the existing Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO), which has proven to be wholly inadequate in arresting the construction of “super-sized” homes.
At first glance the protections offered the Miracle Mile in the original draft of its ICO, released on February 12, 2015, appeared to be sufficient – but after consulting with experts, the Miracle Mile Residential Association (MMRA) determined that the proposed ICO contained a confusing assortment of bonuses and exceptions that would not effectively stop mansionization in our community.
MMRA President James O’Sullivan made a last minute demand to the City that the Miracle Mile ICO contain the identical level of protections provided by the Beverly Grove Reduced Floor Area (RFA) Ordinance, the same regulations requested by the MMRA when we submitted our application for the Miracle Mile RFA in September 2014.
The Beverly Grove RFA has been proven to be successful in preventing new McMansions in that area. The MMRA applied for an RFA as a stopgap measure to thwart mansionization while the pending Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) makes its way through the lengthy approval process.
Just prior to convening the February 24th PLUM Committee hearing, the ICO was revised to accommodate the MMRA’s request. O’Sullivan and MMRA Vice-Presidents Alice Cassidy and Ken Hixon attended the hearing to ensure that the Miracle Mile ICO provided this heightened level of protection.
Despite a very large turnout that demonstrated overwhelming support for quick implementation of the ICOs, the PLUM Committee delayed sending the ICOs to the full City Council for a vote until the next PLUM meeting on March 17, 2015. Given the number of Councilmembers who have sponsored their respective neighborhoods for an ICO, the consensus of City Hall insiders is that the ICOs will be adopted once they reach the Council; although, real estate agents and developers are lobbying hard to stop or weaken the proposed ICOs.
When asked what would happen if the PLUM Committee again delays sending the ICOs to the full City Council for a vote or if the City Council fails to adopt the ordinances, MMRA President Jim O’Sullivan replied: “All hell will break loose. The Miracle Mile and these other neighborhoods are sick and tired of McMansions. We waited long enough for the City to get its act together. If the ICOs don’t get approved – and soon – it will confirm that the City Council has completely sold out to the developers.”

City Hall image courtesy of

For additional information:
MMRA Newsletter, Feb. 15, 2015: Another McMansion Underway in the Miracle Mile – While the Community Waits for City Approval of a Temporary Demolition Ban
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 24, 2015: Attempt to Tighten “McMansion” Law Spurs Outcry
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 24, 2015: L.A. Council Panel Delays Vote on Temporary Mansionization Measures



Miracle Mile HPOZ Update


Miracle Mile HPOZ Update


A prerequisite to applying for a Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) is the preparation of an Historic Resources Survey. According to the Department of City Planning’s Office of Historic Resources:
The survey details the historic and architectural significance of the neighborhood and identifies structures and features as either “contributing” or “non-contributing” to the district. A contributing structure is a building that was constructed during the predominant period of development in the neighborhood and that has retained most of its historic features. A non-contributing structure is one that was either constructed after the major period of the neighborhood’s development, or has been so significantly altered that it no longer conveys its historic character.
Once the historic resources survey is completed, it is reviewed by Department of City Planning staff for completeness and accuracy. The Department of City Planning also holds public workshops and hearings in the community before taking the HPOZ through the adoption process. An HPOZ becomes effective only after the completed Historic Resources Survey is certified by the Cultural Heritage Commission. Because the HPOZ includes changes to zoning within the proposed area, it must be adopted as an ordinance by the City Planning Commission and the full City Council, following full public hearings.
The Miracle Mile Residential Association’s HPOZ Committee is currently reviewing bids from two firms that specialize in conducting Historic Resource Surveys. Chair Mark Zecca and C0-Chair Jeremy Matz will present the committee’s recommendation to the MMRA Board of Directors at their next meeting on March 19, 2015.
It is expected that the board will take prompt action and that the survey will commence shortly thereafter. It is estimated that it will take six months to complete the survey of the approximately 1600 properties within the proposed Miracle Mile HPOZ boundaries.
The HPOZ Committee’s next task will be to develop a comprehensive outreach and fundraising campaign. The MMRA has limited resources and it is imperative that property owners and renters contribute to subsidizing the cost of commissioning the Historic Resources Survey – an HPOZ will protect the interests of everyone in the Miracle Mile. [See below, "How Density Bonus Laws Cut the Community Out of Loop," for more information on how HPOZ benefits renters.]
More details on HPOZ fundraising and outreach efforts will appear in the April edition of this newsletter.
If you have questions or would like to participate in helping to secure HPOZ protection for the Miracle Mile please contact HPOZ Committee chair Mark Zecca:
For additional information:
Office of Historic Resources: Historic Preservation Overlay Zones
Miracle Mile Residential Association website: HPOZ & RFA Info


Miracle Mile Spotlight: Milk Jar Cookies


Miracle Mile Spotlight:

Milk Jar Cookies

It’s not just the assortment of delicious cookies and the playful rustic touches of the décor that make you feel like you’re back home again in Indiana when you visit Milk Jar Cookies, it’s the personality of its ex-Hoosier proprietor, Courtney Cowan [photo below].
Courtney grew up in Indianapolis and she has the Midwestern knack for friendliness and hard work. She came to California pursuing a career in television post-production, but her real passion began long before she left Indiana.
“I was always baking as a child. I read the recipe on the back of the bag for Toll House cookies and I made chocolate chip cookies all the time. It was just something I enjoyed doing. And then in my teens I came up with my own cookie recipes and people really liked them. Then after college, and I started working, I’d bring my cookies into the office – and people would mistake them for bakery-made cookies. And I thought, maybe there’s something to this.”
Opening her own cookie shop became Courtney’s long held “official dream,” as she describes it – one that became a reality in April 2013 when she opened Milk Jar Cookies. “It was a big leap of faith,” she explains. “I was nervous, but I have the mindset with any goal I have to just put my blinders on and go for it.”

Fortunately, Courtney had previous managerial experience she could utilize running her own business and handling employees. Her Midwestern values came into play, too. “I know I have people counting on me and I have a really amazing group working for us. I found good, solid, and intelligent people. It’s very family-like here. Aside from the quality of our cookies, the customer experience is very important.”
There is nothing corporate or cookie cutter (pun intended) about the shop. “Everything is homemade, from scratch, fresh every day, all day long. I also want the employees to really interact with the customers and not sound like robots.”
The Miracle Mile was a natural place for Courtney to realize her dream. She and her television editor husband have lived in the neighborhood for four years. They found the shop’s location, stripped it bare, and – working very long days – built it from the floor up. “It was so much fun and so stressful at the same time,” she remarks. “But my husband believes in me and in my cookies. I couldn’t have done it without him.”
The only real obstacle to operating a small business in the Miracle Mile is parking – or the lack thereof – says Courtney. The construction of the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit lane was maddening she explained because the contractors give little to no notice. “We would just show up in the morning and find the street torn up into pieces. It wasn’t very good on the City’s part, it was very disrespectful of the business owners along Wilshire. But, we handled it with creativity, advertising a back-alley pick-up option and brought customers’ cookies out to them.”
Though she is excited about public transportation and the growth of the neighborhood, she worries that parking will become even more difficult once major subway construction begins. The situation is worsened by the large infill apartment project under construction in the former parking lot behind the Desmond’s Building, with a similar project to begin soon behind the Dominguez-Wilshire Building. These projects have left employees and customers of these buildings scrambling for on-street parking spots. “My customers often do complain about parking,” Courtney says.
But the many advantages of being located in the Miracle Mile far outweigh the challenges she remarked, especially the relationships she’s developed with other independent business owners like Christine Johnson, owner of Miracle Mile Toys & Games, and Rebecca and Sandy Clark, owners of Rascal. “They’re such great people, I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them,” Courtney states. “Everyone looks out for each other.”
Milk Jar Cookies has a thriving online ordering business, including their “Cookie of the Month Club,” which they launched a year ago. “Online shopping is clearly becoming one of the favorite ways for people to shop,” she says. “We’re very proud of the user-friendly nature of our website.”

And the brick-and-mortar enterprise is doing well, too. “Our business is growing, every month gets a little bit bigger and better. And the weekends are great; it’s like a party in here.”
“That was part of why we wanted to be here in the Miracle Mile, to be part of a real neighborhood,” Courtney explains. “To be a go-to spot, and with that comes the desire to know our neighbors. Once we got a dog, we got to know a lot of people,” she laughs. “It was a drastic difference when we moved here. People are so much nicer in the Miracle Mile. There’s a real sense of community. We love it.”
“I always pictured having a shop on Main Street when this was all still just a dream. And a week after we signed the lease here an article came out in the Los Angeles Times about how Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile is L.A.’s Main Street.”
How’s that for a dream come true?
Click on image to view Milk Jar Cookies' videos on Vimeo.
Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036
Phone: (323) 634-9800
Fax: (323) 634-9810
Sun. 12pm–5pm
Closed Monday
Tues.– Thurs. 11am–8pm
Fri.– Sat. 11am–11pm
The MMRA newsletter does not solicit or accept advertisements. Our support of local businesses is a matter of principle ­– for which we receive no financial compensation or consideration of any kind.

How "Density Bonus" Laws Cut the Community
Out of the Loop


How “Density Bonus” Laws Cut the Community Out of Loop 

Appeal Denied on 742 South Ridgeley Drive
Apartment Project

A 12-unit condo (foreground) and 45-unit "bonus density" apartment building
(background) under construction on the 700 block of South Ogden Drive.
Approval of a new apartment project at 742 South Ridgeley Drive [photo below] was reaffirmed at a February 26, 2015 meeting of the Planning Commission. The commission denied an appeal by Khosrow Ganjianpur, a neighboring property owner.
The project’s developer added two “very low income” units in order to take advantage of the City’s Density Bonus Affordable Housing Incentives to gain a 35% increase in allowable Floor Area Ratio from 3:1 to 4.05:1. The density bonus also allowed a height increase from 45 feet to 56 feet. The 25-unit building will have 46 parking spaces.
“On menu” density bonuses are granted over the counter without public hearings and can only be appealed by abutting property owners or occupants. Mr. Ganjianpur filed an appeal because he felt the project was under parked and would exacerbate already strained on-street parking resources. But the density bonus ordinance permits such projects to supply the minimum amount of parking.
Mr. Ganjianpur also feared that the increased height of the project would create shadow issues for his property. But the City does not require shading impact studies on projects below 60-feet in height and the new building on Ridgeley missed that threshold by four feet.
Apartment developers in the Miracle Mile routinely add low-income units to qualify for automatic increases in height and square footage that circumvent community input or opposition. The ordinance is expressly designed to prohibit appeals by community organizations such as the Miracle Mile Residential Association.

742 South Ridgeley Drive. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.
The “social good” of encouraging low-income affordable housing in otherwise luxury market rate apartment buildings is undermined by the City’s notoriously lax enforcement of conditions placed on developers. No one knows for certain whether low-income units are actually being rented to deserving tenants or being occupied by friends and family members of the developers.
John Schwada reported in a recent MMRA Newsletter that he fears “…that the public could be getting badly hoodwinked – we are allowing the developers to super-size their projects, to work-around our community plans, to create new environmental impacts and yet we don’t have a very firm fix, I believe, on whether we’re getting the benefit of low-income units being rented to eligible tenants.”
The MMRA has a long and successful history of working with developers to mitigate an array of issues including height, shade and shadow, parking, and traffic impacts. But now State and City density bonus laws have cut us out of the loop. We have been silenced.
The density bonus laws have also impeded the community’s ability to negotiate mitigations for new condo developments. If condo developers seeking public support for variances feel that the neighbors are being too “demanding” they can threaten to switch to a density-bonus apartment project. Indeed, this was the case last year when a proposed condo project at 938 South Orange Grove Drive suddenly became an apartment building to evade opposition from nearby residents.
The “gag order” aspect of density bonus laws, allowing unchecked development in our community, contributed to the MMRA’s decision to include R-2 and R-3 zoned multi-family buildings in our pending Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ).
The use of the Ellis Act to evict longtime tenants from historic duplexes and small apartment buildings coupled with Density Bonuses incentives are encouraging the steady destruction of the last vestiges of “affordable” housing in the Miracle Mile. These smaller, older, rent stabilized buildings are being replaced by large high-end apartment projects that are “pricing out” working and middle class tenants.
The MMRA represents renters and homeowners alike. An HPOZ is the only way that the community can be guaranteed any voice in new apartment or condo development in the Miracle Mile. And it is the only way to protect our longtime renters.
For additional information:
MMRA Newsletter, January 15, 2015: Density Bonus Law…City Hall’s Hidden Nightmare
Los Angeles Times, January 6, 2015: In L.A., Conditions Placed on Developers Go Unheeded
MMRA Newsletter, August 15, 2014: Two Projects Under Construction on South Ogden Drive


New Demolition Notification Law


The former Moderncraft Laundry building under demolition.

New Demolition Notification
Law Adopted

In November 2014 the Los Angeles City Council approved a Demolition Notification Ordinance that requires public notification to demolish buildings older than 45 years. Effective January 2015, the City will not issue demolition permits for buildings meeting this age threshold until the applicant has a posted a demolition notice on the property, sent letters to abutting neighbors, and notified the applicable City Council office at least 30 days before demolition.
This 30-day delay gives the community and elected officials additional time to seek historic designation of buildings before they are razed. This will prevent “stealth” demolitions of historic, but undesignated buildings in Los Angeles. Preservationists and other community groups have long complained about demolitions involving buildings that do not require environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or Los Angeles preservation regulations, but may have historic significance.
If you receive a notification of demolition for a neighboring property or see a notice posted on a property please promptly contact the Miracle Mile Residential Association so we can investigate and make certain that all rules and regulations are being observed.
You can contact us at:
The sudden unannounced demolition last year of the Mole-Richardson building at 900 N. La Brea Avenue – to clear way for a new mixed-use apartment project – triggered outrage in the community. Build in the 1920s for ModernCraft Laundry, it was designed by Morgan, Walls and Clement – architects of many iconic Art Deco Los Angeles buildings, including the Security Pacific Bank and the Dominguez-Wilshire Building in the Miracle Mile.

Strip-Mining L.A.'s Residential Neighborhoods ~
by Shelley Wagers



Strip-Mining L.A.’s Residential Neighborhoods

by Shelley Wagers

Based on city records, the Los Angeles Times estimated that last year more than one thousand homes were replaced by McMansions. To be clear, mansionization is not about big houses – it’s about houses that are too big for their surroundings. That’s why mansionization ordinances almost always set a limit based on house size relative to lot size, rather than picking an arbitrary number. 

Property rights are not absolute. People living on city lots are not allowed to keep horses. They’re not allowed to hold raucous all-night parties several nights a week. And they should not be allowed to build houses that violate the scale and character of the neighborhood; deprive their neighbors of air, light, and privacy; and damage the value of their neighbors’ property.

The purpose of zoning is to promote compatible development. Reckless speculation and development degrade neighborhoods, and that’s why so many communities across the country have passed ordinances to stop mansionization.

Over seven years ago, the City Planning Commission identified ten key actions needed to “Do Real Planning.”  One of them was to “neutralize mansionization.”

Over six years ago, the city passed a citywide Baseline Mansionization Ordinance (BMO) that was intended to achieve that goal.  But it didn’t work. The BMO starts with an overly generous Floor Area Ratio then it layers on loopholes in the form of self-defeating bonuses that guarantee mansionization. Recently, Councilmember Paul Koretz proposed amendments to the BMO that would ratchet down the ratio and close the loopholes. 

Mansionization has afflicted single-family neighborhoods in LA for more than a decade. The BMO amendments would finally put a stop to it. And overlay districts would still be options for neighborhoods with special requirements. Meanwhile, pending Interim Control Ordinances (ICO) could prevent further damage while the amendments work their way through City Hall.

The campaign to stop mansionization has wide support from homeowners, residents, neighborhood associations, and neighborhood councils. The Los Angeles Conservancy built their year-end fundraising around the issue.  Why?  Because they know that Angelenos who care about the character of the city and its neighborhoods want to see an end to mansionization. 

Opposition has to be expected from realtors, developers, and speculators who are making a ton of money. They scare people with stories about loss of property values. But property values in neighborhoods protected from mansionization have held up just fine. Since Beverly Grove got a Reduced Floor Area (RFA) overlay in 2013, a number of houses there have been renovated and expanded in ways that improve the houses and enhance quality of life and long-term property values.

Developers carry on about property rights, but what they really mean is their right to pick somebody else’s pocket: Realtors say that houses next door to McMansions lose at least $50,000 to $100,000 in value.

Developers are strip-mining the city, neighborhood by neighborhood. They make a fast buck and move on. This kind of reckless development violates the city’s goals, policies, and principles. It is certainly not in keeping with a world-class city. 

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.
Shelley Wagers [photo above] is a community activist who lives in the Beverly Grove area.

Larchmont Chronicle's Annual Miracle Mile Edition


Larchmont Chronicle’s Annual Miracle Mile Edition

The Larchmont Chronicle published its 28th annual Miracle Mile edition, Miracle Mile 2015, on March 6. The special supplement contains a wealth of information and articles about the Miracle Mile.

This edition includes profiles of MMRA board member Montrese Chandler and MMRA Treasurer Joseph Steins. Montrese and Joe are perfect examples of the dedicated volunteers that make the Miracle Mile Residential Association such a strong and successful community organization.
Chronicle Publisher and Editor Jane Gilman has been an enthusiastic supporter of this newsletter. So, we are happy to return the favor and encourage you to have a look at Miracle Mile 2015.

Miracle Mile Real Estate • February 2015 Sales

Miracle Mile Real Estate

• February 2015 Sales •


1141 S. Burnside Ave.
3 bdrm, 3 bath
2,222 sq. ft.
lot: 7,441 sq. ft
listing price: $1,329,000
sale price: $1,299,000
  sale date: 2-19-2015

750 S. Spaulding Ave #107
condo: 2 bdrm, 2 bath
1,305 sq. ft.
listing price: $589,000
sale price: $589,000
sale date: 2-10-2015


1107 S. Cochran Ave.
duplex: 2-2 bdrm, 2 bath units
3,325 sq. ft.
lot: 6,606
listing price: $1,200,000
sale price: $1,150,000
sale date: 2-06-2015

1053 Meadowbrook Ave.
duplex: 1-4 bdrm, 2 bath unit
1-3 bdrm, 2 bath unit
4,272 sq. ft.
lot: 7,200
listing price: $1,495,000
sale price: $1,500,000
sale date: 2-09-2015



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MMRA Board Meeting
March 19, 2015
@ 7 PM

Board meetings are held at
the Berch Lounge
Westside Jewish
Community Center

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Miracle Mile
History Quiz

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The "Pit" at Wilshire and Hauser
was a Miracle Mile fixture for over
20 years.

It was created by the demoliton
of what iconic building?

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Photo courtesy of Larry Underhill.

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Miracle Mile
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