Topic: Color Studies
The Fairfax District is an area of neighborhoods in central Los Angeles - and Fairfax Avenue between Melrose and Beverly is sometimes called Kosher Canyon or "The Bagel District." It's the center of Los Angeles' Jewish community - Kosher delis, restaurants, butcher's and baker's shops, fish markets and that sort of thing. There are lots of signs in Hebrew, of course. Recently arrived Jewish immigrants from Israel and Russia have made the place almost cosmopolitan, although the Russians, Ukrainians and Belarus folks actually settled further north on Fairfax, where it crosses Santa Monica Boulevard, which oddly enough is historic Route 66 from the "get your kicks" song. The signs up that way are in Cyrillic. That's not in the song.
The center of the district on Fairfax Avenue south of Melrose is now a mix of some very seedy stuff, and the trendy. There will be a full photographic tour of the neighborhood in this Sunday's Just Above Sunset, but here are three of the odder façades you will see there, and a reminder. They are, really, color studies.