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: gelatoing
The rumors are true: I managed to eat my way through several vats of gelato while I was in Italy. While every cone is a good cone—and I do tend to eat mostly cones in Italy, while I stick to … Continue reading
Posts may be sporadic, or nonexistent, as I gelato my way through Italy. You can always keep up with me at Twitter where I’m @gelatobaby or Instagram, where I’m @awalkerinLA. Arrivederci!
For the last eight months I’ve been skittering across the country with the GOOD Ideas for Cities initiative, taking the program to six mid-sized cities, working with amazing local groups for every event, and writing about each and every brilliant solution … Continue reading
But the real question is: hard-packed or soft-served? Snapped at the Pasadena City College Flea Market with Instagram, where I’m awalkerinLA
And one of the best. More sunsets from the studio.
Ah, Philadelphia. The birthplace of our nation, the home of self-evident truths, the city of Brotherly Love. And Sisterly Love. Philly is a city in transition, yet it still manages to nod to its history on every block. Even the subway … Continue reading
That’s the sound I heard as I was cruising along 4th Street yesterday, headed to speak about freelancing at the Upod Academy hosted by my friend David. As soon as I heard it, I knew what had happened, and I … Continue reading