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Thursday, November 12, 2020:

Greg Goldin Elected President of the

Miracle Mile Residential Association

The Board of Directors of the Miracle Mile Residential Association [MMRA] has elected Greg Goldin to serve as president. Goldin will replace longtime MMRA president, James O’Sullivan, who recently retired from office.

Goldin has been a resident of the Miracle Mile for decades. For twelve years he was the Architecture Critic at Los Angeles Magazine. He is the co-author of “Never Built Los Angeles” and “Never Built New York.” He was the recipient of a coveted Getty Research Institute grant for “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” in 2011.

“Greg brings an array of skills and talents to the job,” said Ken Hixon, MMRA senior vice president. “He is an experienced journalist and a strong community advocate. He will ensure that MMRA continues as one of the most effective neighborhood associations in the city.”

Goldin has a long history with the neighborhood: “My parents moved our family to the Miracle Mile in 1965, and pretty much ever since, this neighborhood has been my front yard and my back yard. I’ve combed its streets, picked over its allies, climbed the stairs of its tallest buildings, and descended into the water-logged basements of its single-family homes.  I’ve seen many beloved buildings fall to the wrecking balls, and I’ve watched as our neighborhood has endured with resilience and pride.  I love the Miracle Mile, warts and all, and I’m hoping that as the new president of the MMRA, I can continue to honor our past and act as a good steward of our future.  Most of all, I hope I can help all of us to become more active participants in shaping our neighborhood and turning our energies to a sense of common purpose and good.”


Now playing on the MMRA YouTube Channel:

Why are power outages on the rise in

the Miracle Mile?

Q & A with the Los Angeles

Department of Water and Power

Click here to read more and for a link to the video.


MMRA OPPOSES LACMA PLAN TO BUILD A
PARKING GARAGE ON SOUTH OGDEN DRIVE

Fix The City Files Lawsuit Challenging the
LACMA EIR on the Ogden Garage

Mid City West Community Council Adopts Motion
Opposing the Ogden Garage

Rendering of proposed Ogden garage. Click on image to enlarge.

While all eyes were on Peter Zumthor’s controversial design for a new museum spanning Wilshire Boulevard, little attention has been given to LACMA’s plan to construct a five-story parking facility on the residential block of South Ogden Drive to replace their existing surface parking lot on the southeast corner of Wilshire and Spaulding… [Click to read more]


Wilshire Boulevard postcard, circa 1964.

The ABCs of the Miracle Mile HPOZ

The Miracle Mile Historic Preservation Overlay Zone [HPOZ] went into effect on May 1, 2017. Although the city’s Office of Historic Resources mailed official notices to every property owner within the HPOZ advising them of this zoning change there are some who are unaware of these new guidelines regarding alterations and additions to the exterior of your property. Here are some helpful points to help you navigate living in an HPOZ:

Every property within the boundaries of our HPOZ [see map] – multifamily and single family homes – is guided by a Preservation Plan that will serve to protect and preserve the historic integrity and scale of our neighborhood.

Click on map to enlarge.

Property owners should visit the Miracle Mile HPOZ page at www.planning.lacity.org (click on Historic Preservation and then on Local Historic Districts)  to familiarize themselves with our HPOZ, the Preservation Plan, and the approvals required for exterior changes to your property.

When contemplating or planning changes to the exterior of your property first contact Daniel Mata, the city planner in charge of administrating our HPOZ. Daniel is the point person referred to as “Staff” in the Preservation Plan. Hw can help you understand what approvals (if any) are required. He is also a great resource for information on how to maintain and restore historic properties.

The best way to contact Daniel is by email at: Daniel.mata@lacity.org.  He can also be contacted via telephone at 213-847-3657.

The HPOZ guidelines do not apply to any building permits issued before May 1, 2017. This work is grandfathered in and no further approvals are required.

HPOZ does not regulate interior renovations or remodeling as long as these changes have no impact on the exterior appearance of your property (i.e., altering window openings or door placement).

The Miracle Mile Historic Resources Survey Reports provides a rich and detailed history of our community. A professional evaluation was made of every property within the HPOZ that determined whether it is a contributor, altered contributor, or non-contributorto our historic district. These categories determine how changes to your property may be made. There are different guidelines for contributors and non-contributors, as well as for new infill properties. The Miracle Mile HPOZ webpage has links that allow you to look up the history of your property by address and see how it was designated.

Remember that the Preservation Plan provides guidelines that are meant to be flexible and still conform with the principles of historic preservation. Paint colors are exempt from HPOZ regulation as is landscaping (as long as 60% of your front yard and parkway consist of some sort of plantings and/or grass). Drought tolerant landscapes are permitted.

Second story additions and Accessory Dwelling Units are allowed to single family homes as long as they are sensitive to the guidelines set out in the Preservation Plan.

Also, many property owners are not aware that – HPOZ or no HPOZ – city ordinances already regulate fence heights, what percentage of your front yard may be paved, what kind of trees can be planted in your parkway, and many other aspects of your property. The city also requires permits for routine work that some property owners consider DIY projects (installing new hot water heaters, replacing plumbing fixtures, window and door change outs, etc.). Unpermitted work can negatively impact your property value, compromise your insurance coverage, and cost you additional expenses to remedy. So, when it doubt, whether it be city building permits or HPOZ guidelines: check first.

For more information on HPOZ permits and approvals visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at the Office of Historic Resources’ website. You can also visit the Information for Property Owners page.

Please share this information with your neighbors. If you are a renter make sure that your landlord or property manager is aware of the HPOZ guidelines, too. There is a learning curve to living in an HPOZ and it is important that everyone knows the ABCs of HPOZ…

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Combination of the Sontag Drug Store image, circa 1941 and a contemporary view of Wilshire Beatuy Supply.

Combination of a Sontag Drug Store image (circa 1941) and a contemporary view of Wilshire Beauty Supply. © Justin Fields

Miracle Mile Then & Now Photographs

Time travel at our Miracle Mile Historical Photo Collection

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The Miracle Mile Residential Association [MMRA] is a non-profit community organization composed of your neighbors, both homeowners and renters. We are dedicated to maintaining the quality of life in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles through careful monitoring of development, safety, traffic and other important neighborhood concerns.

The MMRA stays current on these matters and then disseminates this information to the neighborhood residents. The MMRA is a volunteer organization. It is composed of its members, board members and officers.

MMRA Boundaries:

Northern: Wilshire Blvd; Eastern: La Brea Ave; Southern: San Vicente Blvd; Western: Fairfax Ave.

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Topics of interest:

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Officers:

Greg Goldin, President/Stanley info@miraclemilela.com

Joe Steins, Treasurer and Recording Secretary/Sierra Bonita joseph.steins@miraclemilela.com

Ken Hixon, Senior Vice Presidents/Genesee kenhixon@miraclemilela.com

Mark Zecca, Vice President – HPOZ, Planning and Land Use/Dunsmuir
mark.zecca@MiracleMileLA.com

Kari Garcia, Vice President – Neighborhood Watch/Dunsmuir kari.garcia@MiracleMileLA.com

Kimberly Klein, Vice President – Director of Communications/Cochran