Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles

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Little Ethiopia
Little Ethiopia sign at Fairfax Avenue and Olympic Boulevard
Little Ethiopia sign at Fairfax Avenue and Olympic Boulevard
Little Ethiopia is located in Western Los Angeles
Little Ethiopia
Little Ethiopia
Location within Western Los Angeles
Coordinates: 34°03′18″N 118°21′59″W / 34.055°N 118.366389°W / 34.055; -118.366389
Country  United States of America
State  California
County Los Angeles
Time zone Pacific
Area code(s) 323

Little Ethiopia is located in the Mid-Wilshire District of Central Los Angeles. It is known for its collection of Ethiopian restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and thrift stores.[1]

The neighborhood is also home to The Little Ethiopia Cultural and Resource Center, located at 1037 South Fairfax Avenue,[2]and Walia Tax, Immigration, Live Scan & Notary Public, located at 1027 South Fairfax Avenue.[1]

Geography[edit]

Little Ethiopia is located on Fairfax Avenue between Olympic Boulevard and Whitworth Drive in Los Angeles, California. [3]

It is the stretch of Fairfax Avenue in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood in the Westside of the city of Los Angeles, California, part of the P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council, northeast of the Faircrest Heights district in 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.[4]Los Angeles County hosts the 2nd largest Ethiopian American population, unofficially estimated at over 60,000.

History[edit]

The area has a high concentration of Ethiopian businesses and restaurants, as well as a significant concentration of residents of Ethiopian and Eritrean ancestry.[5]

Businesses along Fairfax Avenue in Little Ethiopia

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.

In the 1990s, the neighborhood was referred to as "Little Addis"-- named for Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.[6] In 2002, the city officially bestowed the name "Little Ethiopia" on the neighborhood.[7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Levin, Rachel (2009-03-10). "NEIGHBORHOODS: Little Ethiopia". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  2. ^ "LECRC | About Us". www.lecrc-la.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  3. ^ Levin, Rachel (2009-03-10). "NEIGHBORHOODS: Little Ethiopia". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  4. ^ "LITTLE ETHIOPIA L.A." littleethio.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11. 
  5. ^ "To Fairfax and on to Ethiopia". Los Angeles Times. 2006-02-12. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  6. ^ MITCHELL, JOHN L. (1992-07-01). "Ethiopian Emigres Make an Imprint in Their New Land". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  7. ^ "A Los Angeles Primer: Little Ethiopia". KCET. 2013-06-11. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 

Coordinates: 34°03′18″N 118°21′59″W / 34.05500°N 118.36639°W / 34.05500; -118.36639