Miracle Mile

Description

A young man digs beneath the glistening veneer of 1950's America to reveal the brutal legacy of the grandfather he never met, but knows only too well—a legacy that destroyed the Los Angeles public railway system and forever trapped the young man's father in the past.

Will Anderson is a civil engineer doing structural surveys for the new Los Angeles subway. "This city used to have the most extensive public railway system in the country. A lot of people don't know that," Will muses as he stares out over the rush hour traffic of modern L.A., his face inexplicably pained. "I guess there are some pieces of history that no one likes to talk about." He shuts his eyes to stop the tears. Will's father has just died and he is finally free to tell the story his family has kept buried for three generations.

Beverly Hills, California. 1948. Bill Anderson is a proud, hard working father. Marion Anderson, his loving wife, is a devoted mother. They live an idyllic suburban 1950's existence, with kindly neighbors and two beautiful twin boys who will grow up to be the talk of the town. Everyone knows the Anderson boys. Jon is the captain of the basketball team, and Jim is an all-league pitcher. After school they work by their father's side at his new tire shop. They are Bill's most shining accomplishment. There is nothing in the world he would not do for them.

Bill owns a modestly successful tire shop which provides his family with all they need. But he has greater aspirations. He wants to make his sons proud: he wants to create an empire of tire stores. To make his dream come true, Bill strikes a covert deal with a major automobile manufacturer. He agrees to act as a front company that will use the auto manufacturer's money to acquire and destroy the remnants of Los Angeles' once vast electric railway system and thereby speed along the rising supremacy of the automobile. It is a scheme that is as appealing to an upstart tire salesman as it is to a giant automobile company. But when Bill discovers that his best friend and neighbor controls the remaining interest in the railway system, he begins to realize he cannot live up to his end of the bargain.

As the pressure from the car company increases, Bill's facade begins to crumble, revealing a father who has beaten his sons into manhood as he crudely charms his way through the world. Finally, on the brink of foreclosure and humiliation, Bill commits a desperate and despicable act in the name of his boys, for whose love and respect he has fought so hard.

From his ironic but painful perspective in modern Los Angeles, Will Anderson narrates this 1950's story of progress and manhood in a last attempt to free himself—and his city—from the ghosts of the past.

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