Fairfax Avenue

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Fairfax Avenue is a street in the north central area of the city of Los Angeles, California. It runs from La Cienega Boulevard with Culver City at its southern end to Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood on its northern end. From La Cienega Boulevard (between Culver City and Mid-City) to Sunset Boulevard (between West Hollywood and Hollywood), it separates the Westside from the central part of the city along with Venice Boulevard, La Cienega Boulevard, Hauser Boulevard, San Vicente Boulevard, South Cochran Avenue, Wilshire Boulevard, 6th Street, Cochran Avenue, 4th Street, La Brea Avenue, Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard,

LACMA West (formerly the May Department Store)

Fairfax Avenue forms the western boundary of Hancock Park as well as Park La Brea, an 160 acre (0.6-km²), 4,222-unit apartment complex with over 10,000 residents.[1]

Canter's Deli looking north on Fairfax Avenue

Since World War II, the Fairfax District has been a heavily Jewish neighborhood in Mid-City West. Fairfax High School, on the corner of Fairfax and Melrose Avenue, was known as the alma mater of many entertainment industry personalities. Canter's Deli has been a late night hangout in Los Angeles since the 1940s. CBS's Television City is located on the corner of Fairfax and Beverly Boulevard, the former site of Gilmore Stadium, where the minor league baseball team, the Hollywood Stars, used to play prior to the Dodgers moving from Brooklyn. World-famous recording studio, Cherokee Studios, home to over 250 gold and platinum recorders, is just above Melrose Avenue.

The Grove is off 3rd Street and Fairfax. Due to the volume of high density attractions, Fairfax is one of the most congested streets in Los Angeles. Little Ethiopia is further south by Olympic Blvd and north by Pico Boulevard in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood in West Los Angeles. South of Olympic, Fairfax narrows to two lanes, Pico Boulevard between and through the Crestview and Pico-Robertson neighborhoods in West Los Angeles and Venice Boulevard between and through the Crestview and Pico-Robertson neighborhoods in West Los Angeles and Lafayette Square in Mid-City.

At the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax is the former May Company department store building, which has been converted to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on the south corner.

Metro Local line 217 and Metro Rapid line 780 are bus lines that serve Fairfax Avenue.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Maggie Barnett (May 23, 2004). "Freshly hip, Park La Brea is an urban oasis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 9, 2012.