Author Archives: Alissa

The colorful world of Deborah Sussman

The legendary designer, fashion icon, lover of LA, and my hero Deborah Sussman has passed away at age 83. I’d known Deborah for over 10 years had written about her inspiring work many, many, many times over the years. She was … Continue reading

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From the ashes

Every time I write a story for Dwell I seem to have some kind of funny personal connection to the subject. A story I recently wrote about a home in Silver Lake, for example, was an apartment complex less than … Continue reading

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Olympic fever

30 years ago this week, the 1984 Summer Olympics started with a blast (quite literally, a dude in a jetpack) and Los Angeles was never the same. I’ve spent the last year researching and writing a few pieces on the … Continue reading

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A transit map for drinking

Behold, Thrillist’s Metro Drinking Map, which has been making the rounds on Twitter over the last few weeks. It seems pretty intuitive—drink your way through Los Angeles, unfettered by automobiles—but here are the official rules™: One bar per station, 10 … Continue reading

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Drink with your favorite Gizmodo writers

In August I will celebrate one year as the Urbanism Editor at Gizmodo, a job that has been so incredibly fun and rewarding it rarely feels like work. There will be plenty more reasons to raise a glass at our … Continue reading

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Celebrate my Streetsie with a walk in Echo Park

A few months ago I was named Journalist of the Year by Streetsblog LA, an awesome site that advocates for complete streets, pedestrian safety, bike infrastructure, transit improvements—basically all the things I believe will make a better LA. This Saturday, I’m … Continue reading

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The “not a good place for a bar crawl” bar crawl

“Los Angeles is not what you would call a bar town, and for all the obvious reasons. The region covers almost 5,000 square miles. While public transit does exist there — and taxis and Uber are thriving — it is … Continue reading

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The New Yorker needs more photos of LA

You may remember this image and some of the language below it from few months ago when the article “Leaving Los Angeles” received an impressive 629 points on the LA Haterating scale. Well, this week, The New Yorker published another article … Continue reading

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The Big Parade: You can do it!

It’s time! The routes and timetables have been posted for this year’s Big Parade, almost certainly the best urban hike on the planet. At least in LA. As I told the Daily News in an article about this year’s event: … Continue reading

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Happy 75th, Union Station

It’s a place I visit several times a week as part of my car-free journeys. You’d think the drama of the spot would have worn off by now. Yet every time I round this corner with my rollie suitcase or … Continue reading

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