Phoenix Activists Want To Restore McDowell Road's 'Miracle Mile'

Published: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 10:22am
Updated: Friday, April 12, 2019 - 2:20pm
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Lots of cities have landmark shopping districts — think of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Well, though you may not know it, here in Phoenix, McDowell Road — from Seventh Street to the 51 — was once known as the "Miracle Mile."

It had its heyday in the 1940s and '50s when it was home to a number of shops and restaurants. But the following years spelled decline for the strip.

But now, a dedicated group of activists are working to restore this area to its past glory. And this weekend, they will hold a rededication of the McDowell Gateway Arch.

Joel McCabe is co-chair of the McDowell Road Revitalization Committee, and he told The Show more about the history of the area.

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