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Coral Gables is a planned community built by Spain-o-phile George Merrick. The town was incorporated in 1925 and architecturally inspired by the Mediterranean Revival styled estates then in fashion. The idea behind the pre-planned place was to establish a city constantly optimizing in residential convenience while able to attract and interweave global commercial activity into its local economy.
With the Great Depression striking Gables in its youth, real estate and construction stymied growth and precluded a true revival of Mediterranean Revival—an effort that has not quit the region to this day. Following the Second World War, however, the town’s Miracle Mile of brick road on Coral Way was built, bringing boutiques and an extraordinary assortment of stores on its heels.
This Miami suburb’s spirit has remained environmentally preservationist and international in tradition. In 1973, its sense of history encouraged adoption of a Historical Resources Ordinance for the safeguarding of its landmarks.
Prosperity and growth have characterized the city’s last thirty years, as theater, art, and residential expansion have helped bolster Gables’ reputation as one of the best pleases to live in all of Florida.