Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles
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Businesses along Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia
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Little Ethiopia refers to the stretch of Fairfax Avenue in the Carthay Square and Wilshire Vista districts in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California and part the P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council and referred to as part of either Mid-City, Mid-Wilshire and Carthay or the Pico-Robertson neighborhood and northeast of Crestview and northwest of Picfair Village referred to as either part of Mid-City or the Pico-Robertson neighborhood. The area is filled with Ethiopian businesses and restaurants, as well as a significant concentration of residents of Ethiopian and Eritrean ancestry.
Little Ethiopia dates back to the early 1990s. Previously, this stretch of Fairfax Avenue was filled with Jewish businesses as is the case in the Fairfax District to the north. Ethiopian and Eritrean businesses and restaurants have recently begun congregating on Washington Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and National Boulevard in Culver City, less than a mile to the south of Little Ethiopia.
For many years, and even today, the neighborhood was known as South Fairfax. In 2004, former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn officially bestowed the name "Little Ethiopia" on the neighborhood.
The elementary school for residents in the immediate Little Ethiopia area are zoned for Carthay Center Elementary School, on Crescent Heights and Olympic. Beginning in Fall 2014, the school becomes Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet, which will automatically accept all students previously zones for Carthay Center Elementary, and also accepts students from outside the area based on magnet points and availability.
Crescent Heights Language Arts/Social Justice Magnet offers zoned kindergarten for some sections as well as an unzoned elementary school magnet program.
Residents of the area surrounding Little Ethiopia are zoned to the following elementary schools:
- Alta Loma Elementary School
- Arlington Heights Elementary School
- Canfield Elementary School
- Pio Pico Elementary School
- Queen Anne Elementary School
- Saturn Elementary School
Residents in the immediate Little Ethiopia area are zoned to Emerson Middle School and Fairfax High School. Schools for residents of the area surrounding Little Ethiopia include Cochran Middle School (formerly Mount Vernon Middle School) and Los Angeles High School.