The mighty forces of trendy commerce are conspiring to squeeze the traditional kosher flavor out of the Fairfax District. Since the 1940s, when a large Jewish community left Boyle Heights' Brooklyn Avenue (now Cesar Chavez) to settle on Fairfax, the District has been LA?s most prominent orthodox enclave. But now Jewish establishments are being displaced by higher-rent boutiques hoping to capitalize on both a hot location (betwixt The Grove and Melrose) as well as a gradual influx of younger, wealthier residents to the area. According to some shopkeepers, those hungering for lox and a shmear will have to follow an exodus of establishments to newer Jewish business districts like Pico-Robertson and Beverly Boulevard near La Brea Ave.
· Fairfax Area Losing its Kosher Flavor [LA Times]