An Artist’s View of a Changing Neighborhood


Nancy Uyemura poses in front of her residence in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District, adjacent to Little Tokyo. (MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo)


By MATTHEW ORMSETH, Rafu Contributor

When Nancy Uyemura looks out the window of her Arts District loft onto the street below, she sees nothing but change. The small galleries, bars and cafés of 30 years ago have been replaced by bistros that hawk artisanal sausage and black truffle ice cream. There are dogs now, parents pushing strollers, vans of college kids on craft beer tours. And Lamborghinis.

“I have to be very careful when I come out of our parking area, because if I’m not careful I’ll hi