Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities, and prefigured the development of the gated community and the homeowners association. It is famous for its strict zoning regulations. The city was developed by George Edgar Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The city's architecture is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival style. Merrick designed the downtown commercial district to be only four blocks wide and more than two miles (3 km) long. The main artery bisected the business district. Merrick could boast that every business in Coral Gables was less than a two-block walk. The city used to have an electric trolley system, which was replaced by the popularity of modern automobiles, but now a new free circulator trolley system, initiated in November 2003, runs down Ponce de León Boulevard. In 1925, roughly simultaneous to the founding of Coral Gables, the city was selected as the home to the University of Miami, which was constructed that year on 240 acres (97 ha) of land just west of U.S. Route 1, approximately two miles south of downtown Coral Gables. Tree-lined boulevards, fountains, and winding roadways give Coral Gables, Florida its identity as "The City Beautiful." Coral Gables' giant swooping banyan trees and wide-open streets make it one of the most desirable and old-fashioned neighborhoods in the area. In fact, Coral Gables didn't evolve organically like much of Miami; George Edgar Merrick planned it in the 1920s. Shoppers flock to fine boutiques and specialty stores along Coral Gables' Miracle Mile to find the hottest new styles and the best in traditional artisanal products at specialty stores like leather goods and bridal shops. Brides from around the world saunter up and down the downtown Coral Gables area searching for their perfect gown, waiting to be found in one of the many boutiques. Stylish shoppers are known fans of Merrick Park, the local luxury mall. Coral Gables restaurants appear on the culinary map for a variety of cuisines. Their elegant ambience and exacting service are taken for granted in Coral Gables, Florida - a city dedicated to fine living. Stop by Coral Gables on a Friday night and you'll stumble into one of the city's most popular happy hour spots. Other destinations in the area include Venetian Pool, the Biltmore Hotel and GableStage, Miracle Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema and the University of Miami.