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 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Beyond Peak Juice Bar: What else can our neighborhoods be?
- New York Times
Night+Market Song: A Thai wunderkind serves up a second course.
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
Bus-Riding Celebrities: Why don't more eco-savvy stars ride public transit?
- 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: eating
Every vacation needs a signature cocktail. And the cocktail for our honeymoon was the Aperol Spritz. Or just Spritz, as we called it—a fizzy, citrusy, electric orange cocktail that pairs especially well with a swimming pool, as you can see. (I know … Continue reading
So hot I’ve taken to using popsicles instead of ice cubes. UPDATE: Related, beer with a michelada popsicle, served one block from my house. Taken with Instagram, where I’m @awalkerinLA
I spent the longest day of the year plucking produce out of the ground with my parents in Denver, where it’s forecast to reach 99 degrees today. After weeks of breezy June gloom in LA it’s like I got all … Continue reading
It’s June 1 with no gloom in sight and I’m having some serious summer fever. Coincidentally, so is our garden, which exploded earlier this week with a bumper crop of summer squash. Confession: the little yellow gourds aren’t my favorite … Continue reading
Sometimes you find yourself in a city (Cincinnati), take a walk through a neighborhood (Over-the-Rhine) and end up in a bar that used to be a wig shop (Japp’s). It couldn’t have been a more perfect afternoon.