Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles
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Businesses along Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia
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Little Ethiopia is a block-long stretch of Fairfax Avenue in the Mid-Wilshire District of Central Los Angeles, California, part of the P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council, northeast of the Crestview neighborhood, northwest of the Picfair Village district, east of the Carthay Square district and west of Wilshire Vista district. The area has a high concentration of 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. This stretch of Fairfax Avenue used to be occupied by Jewish businesses, as the Fairfax District to the north is now. Ethiopian and Eritrean businesses and restaurants have begun appearing 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 by some people to this today, the neighborhood has been 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 became Carthay Environmental Studies Magnet, which automatically accepts all students previously zoned for Carthay Center Elementary and students from outside the area, based on magnet points and availability.
Crescent Heights Language Arts/Social Justice Magnet offers zoned kindergarten for some sections, and 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.