Hey there! My name is Alissa. I’m a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA.
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I regularly write about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for several publications. You can read my latest stories here, or clicking on the publication will take you to all my articles for that publication. You can also read my favorite stories from 2011 and 2010.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
How a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.
- Fast Company: Mad for Madison
Why tech startups—and the people who run them—are crazy for the Wisconsin capital.
- LA Weekly: Flattened L.A.
Can a penny-pressing machine by Diane Meyer save Los Angeles architecture?
- Wired: XOXO Loves Tech
A new Portland conference launches and breaks all the records—and the rules.
- GOOD: Car-free Freedom
Does surrendering your automobile in L.A. make you feel helpless or more independent?
- KCET Food: Kickstarting Restaurants
Some of L.A.'s most popular food experiences are being funded by people just like you.
- Designers and Books: Summer Reading
Four design books for poolside reading that are light but not fluffy.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
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Author Archives: Alissa
When I moved to Los Angeles over a decade ago, the only Wilshire I knew was the one I’d drive to get to Santa Monica: traveling through Beverly Hills’ tourist-trodden retail and Westwood’s Condo Canyon until it dead-ended at the … Continue reading
Soooooo ridiculously behind in posting photos from recent events (Dodger Stadium tour! CAMP! Meeting my new nephew! My trip to France and Switzerland!) but I just came across these on this particularly gloomy morning and had to get them posted … Continue reading
It’s true! I’m up in Big Bear this weekend speaking at CAMP, a brand-new summer camp-meets-business conference. My friend Casey Caplowe and I will be telling tales around the campfire (some scary, some not) about our long and winding career paths on … Continue reading
I spend most of my weekends on sidewalks, streets and other assorted variations on pavement (okay, and sometimes on a river), but last weekend I was especially road-bound. First, here’s me at our Los Angeles Walks fundraiser, walking the crosswalk red … Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. Sit back and let the lavender wave wash over you as you read my love letter to jacarandas, originally written as a .Mac page in 2005. It’s vintage.
Yesterday I posted some background on my LA Weekly People Issue story about Margot Ocañas, the city’s new pedestrian coordinator. Today, I’d like you to meet my other interview subject, Bobak Ferdowsi. But you probably know him better as Mohawk Guy, the … Continue reading
Some of my favorite assignments, hands down, are for the LA Weekly’s People Issue, the annual glossy-covered edition featuring the city’s most fascinating Angelenos. This year I wrote two profiles, and they’re both such special People (with a capital P) … Continue reading