Author Archives: Alissa

30 weeks

For some reason, 30 weeks had always loomed like some kind of important milestone in my pregnancy. I have no idea why, maybe it’s just that 30 weeks seemed so. far. away. when I was in the single-digit weeks. Maybe … Continue reading

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Join de LaB for Making LA!

For almost seven years (!) I’ve been taking fellow design lovers along on walking tours, bike rides, and light-rail field trips to visit historical landmarks, unfinished buildings, new restaurants and bars, freshly planted parks, abandoned subway stations and many, many more … Continue reading

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How people from SF really feel about LA

As part of a new mission the excellent SF-based publication The Bold Italic proposed a rather bold experiment earlier this year to also publish stories about Los Angeles. I could not be more excited about this proposal, as it allows … Continue reading

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Come talk about Sister Corita at PMCA

I’ve written many many times about my love for Sister Corita Kent, the designer, activist and nun whose work was inspired by the place she called “marvelously unfinished Los Angeles.” Next summer, the Pasadena Museum of California Art will be … Continue reading

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Footnotes, the new publication from Los Angeles Walks

Over a year ago I told you about a Kickstarter I was participating in to raise money for LA’s first-ever pedestrian campaign through Los Angeles Walks, where I’ve been a steering committee member for several years. As part of that … Continue reading

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A bit of news…

To tell the truth, I hadn’t planned to announce my pregnancy to the entire internet at once.  But as I started to write the story, I realized that I had an awful lot more to tell that didn’t neatly fit … Continue reading

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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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