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In and around 3rd and Fairfax there are a small group of homeless and oddly for the area, a loitering, meandering gang banger that goes shirtless, is short and has a shaved head, prison tattoos, there's this odd element around there.

— LA_Observist
December 6, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.

For anyone interested, I administer a Facebook page for the Fairfax District.


— Eric Brightwell
June 1, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.

Many of us who live near Melrose Avenue, between Highland Avenue and Fairfax Avenue, now refer to our neighborhood as "Melrose Village." In fact, there is currently a petition drive to get the City of Los Angeles to officially recognize that name. We are also working with our City Council member Paul Koretz on this. Melrose Village is really distinct from Fairfax, because there is a different culture and demographic group over here. Melrose Village tends to be younger and more diverse than Fairfax, which has historically been a community of Jewish extended families.

— Paul
June 7, 2010 at 10:09 a.m.

I've lived in the Fairfax district for a few years now. Having grown up in S.M. and Malibu, and lived in just about every other section of this great city, I find Fairfax to fit just fine. Melrose is getting better and so is Third.

— Dan C.
May 4, 2010 at 1:32 p.m.

Without a doubt, the Fairfax District is one of the best neighborhoods of L.A. Take a stroll in THE GROVE, and encounter celebrity after celebrity getting their shop on, or continue on to the L.A. Farmer's Market (meet me at third and fairfax!)Tons of shows are taped at CBS TV CITY, and There is always a sense of pride amongst the residents of the towering condos near PanPacific park. Truly a mixed community that knows how to blend in with the city of Angels.

— Jayden
December 12, 2009 at 1:31 p.m.

This area has one of the highest percentage orthodox jews in the city.

— Nafees
August 28, 2009 at 2:32 a.m.

Mappers at The Times could leave the eastern boundary of the south-of-Olympic MID-CITY at Crenshaw, adjacent to what your mappers denominate Arlington Heights (and east of that, Harvard Heights), rather than move the Mid-City eastern boundary to Western, as I suggested below and elsewhere.

— John H. Welborne
August 25, 2009 at 5:58 a.m.

"Fairfax / Mid-City West" is a community label that might better describe one of Mapping LA's subdivisions of our city.

I'd recommend that Mapping LA further refine the suggestions I made earlier today for "Mid-City" (on 8-20-09) and instead have the Mapping LA boundaries be as follows (which also better reflects neighborhood council boundaries hashed out over time):

CHANGE the Mid-Wilshire boundaries to be REALLY accurate as: LaBREA, Melrose, Western, and Olympic.

Add for the sub-head / legend:

"This neighborhood includes Citrus Square, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont, Larchmont Village, St. Andrews Square, Country Club Heights, Wilshire Park, Windsor Village, Fremont Place, Brookside, Sycamore Square, and Park Mile."

CHANGE the "Fairfax" name to "Fairfax / Mid-City West" and have its boundaries be Fairfax, Willoughby/Romaine (as now); LaBrea, and OLYMPIC.

Add a sub-head / legend:

"This neighborhood includes Miracle Mile and Park La Brea."

Such an approach provides more consistency with the Mid-City West Community Council boundaries and puts the Miracle Mile, Park La Brea, Farmers Market, and Fairfax communities back together. The traditional ("along Wilshire") boundary between "Miracle Mile" and "Mid-Wilshire" has been LaBrea.

Mid-City would stay as I proposed earlier (with a northern boundary at Olympic and eastern boundary at Western).

Keep up the thankless work!

But "thanks" anyway.

— John H. Welborne
August 20, 2009 at 12:28 p.m.


is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County.
This neighborhood includes Unincorporated Fairfax in its area and statistics.
The neighboring communities are Beverly Grove, Hancock Park, Hollywood, Mid-Wilshire and West Hollywood.
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