Hey there! My name is Alissa. I’m a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA.
You can learn more about who I am, what I write, why I walk, and even see where I live and work. In 2010 I was honored to be named as an USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism fellow. You also might like this talk I gave about how to do the work you love, or this New York Times article that featured me and other LA pedestrians.
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I regularly write about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for several publications. You can read my latest and greatest stories below, or clicking on the publication will take you to all my articles for that publication. You can also read my favorite stories from 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Self Preservation: How a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.
- Studio 360
Nobody Walks in LA: Why does this song from 1982 keep getting stuck in people's heads?
- Los Angeles Times
How Small Is Too Small?: An exhibition about micro-apartments shows us the LA of the future.
- Fast Company
Mad for Madison: Why tech startups—and the people who run them—are crazy for the Wisconsin capital.
- LA Weekly
Overdrive: Is our discussion of postwar Los Angeles architecture too focused on cars?
XOXO Loves Tech: A new Portland conference launches and breaks all the records—and the rules.
- DnA: Design and Architecture
The Future's So Bright?: Talking student debt with CalArts graduates
Car-free Freedom: Does surrendering your automobile in LA make you feel helpless or more independent?
- Los Angeles Magazine
Better Off Ped: A richer (and skinnier) writer on the perks of walking in LA
- Designers and Books
Summer Reading: Four design books for poolside reading that are light but not fluffy.
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Category Archives: building
One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles is looking back at the shows and movies I grew up with and realizing how many of them were filmed in LA. Something I might have watched a million times … Continue reading
I was lucky enough to find myself in Mexico City earlier this month to speak at the pedestrian advocacy conference Ciudad Péaton. While there, I fell in love. Mexico City is like nowhere else on earth in that it’s both … Continue reading
It’s a debate as old as time. Or at least as old as Intelligentsia. Some people insist upon calling a large swath of Los Angeles “the Eastside,” which other people don’t think is actually “the Eastside.” This debate has raged … Continue reading
There’s nothing I love better than showing people around my city, so I was extremely excited to be on the other side of the interview for this month’s“Ask a Local” feature in Sunset, talking about some of the lesser-known Hollywood gems. (Like … Continue reading
Remember back, way back a few months ago where I made that ridiculously long list of some things a newcomer like me wanted for my neighborhood of Silver Lake? Remember this item, in particular? This week, just a few hours … Continue reading
One of the best moments in the new movie Her is watching Joaquin Phoenix ride an elevated train through a Los Angeles of the near-future, dance through a bustling station (actually the Hollywood/Western Red Line station), and emerge at the … Continue reading
Like many of my neighbors, I was shaken by the news that someone was murdered early Wednesday evening near a place where I walk a few times a week. 78-year-old Joseph Gatto, the father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto, was likely … Continue reading
When I was on the AIGA Los Angeles board, our meetings were always held at the offices of Sussman/Prejza, the design firm which I idolized due to their work on the 1984 Summer Olympics held in LA. I’d always hang … Continue reading
I’ve really been enjoying Hi, a new website that lets you attach photos and text to a location, then, if you’d like, add a longer story that they call “a moment.” Co-founder Craig Mod wrote an awesome piece with more … Continue reading
This weekend I’ll be logging somewhere around 20 miles and 50 or so public stairways on my FuelBand as part of the massive urban walk from downtown to the Hollywood sign known as the Big Parade. This is my fifth parade—daaaaamn!—and although I’m … Continue reading