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
I am not a picky eater. I am very, very proud of that fact. It has become part of my personality—my brand, one could say—to eat and to enjoy eating pretty much everything on the planet (especially everything that’s frozen). … Continue reading
There’s probably nothing stupider I could do this month. As the days get longer, the nights get warmer, I will not be participating in one of the season’s greatest rituals. Not even on the very first official day of summer. For … Continue reading
Before I tell this story, you have to understand something about me. I love lovelovelovelove radio. You probably already know that, seeing as I work on one radio show and have appeared from time to time on another one. Radio is my … Continue reading
A few months ago, my friend and writing guru extraordinaire David Hochman asked me to donate a prize to the annual holiday party/fundraiser for UPOD, an awesome online writers’ community (which you should join right now if you’re a writer!). … Continue reading
Nope, there’s not a new ice cream parlor in town called The Mayor’s House. I was really at the mayor’s house, the Getty House to be exact, having dinner with 26 new friends, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. I’m … Continue reading
Sigh. Another freak winter heatwave, which means I’m pretty much legally-mandated to drag myself down the street for some lemon vanilla and Thai iced tea gelato from Pazzo. While there, I usually use my gelateria time to read some stories … Continue reading
2010/12 Alissa Walker | Gelatobaby from LosAngeles/CreativeMornings on Vimeo. A few weeks ago I gave at talk at CreativeMornings, a new event series that just launched here in LA. I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to talk about, … Continue reading