Author Archives: Alissa

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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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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