Hey there! My name is Alissa. I’m a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA.
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I regularly write about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for several publications. You can read my latest stories here, or clicking on the publication will take you to all my articles for that publication. You can also read my favorite stories from 2011 and 2010.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
How a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.
- Fast Company: Mad for Madison
Why tech startups—and the people who run them—are crazy for the Wisconsin capital.
- LA Weekly: Flattened L.A.
Can a penny-pressing machine by Diane Meyer save Los Angeles architecture?
- Wired: XOXO Loves Tech
A new Portland conference launches and breaks all the records—and the rules.
- GOOD: Car-free Freedom
Does surrendering your automobile in L.A. make you feel helpless or more independent?
- KCET Food: Kickstarting Restaurants
Some of L.A.'s most popular food experiences are being funded by people just like you.
- Designers and Books: Summer Reading
Four design books for poolside reading that are light but not fluffy.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
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Category Archives: greening
Ahh, the holidays, a great time to catch up on our reading. Little did I know that a story I casually picked up one evening would ruin the rest of my vacation. As I read “Between the Lines,” a story … Continue reading
Why, oh, why do I get so excited when design and food collide? Redesign Your Farmers Market is a new contest co-sponsored by lots of my favorite places, including GOOD, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, and … Continue reading
Last Friday, I finally got called down to the courthouse for my first jury summons in 31 years. I took the bus (of course) downtown, arriving at 7:30am as ordered, ready to shuffle slowly through the metal detector with 100 … Continue reading
Right around Memorial Day, LA emits this otherworldly purple glow. The jacarandas bloom and give way to June Gloom, I thought as I was walking home yesterday, spotting sprays of lavender splotched randomly like graffiti tagging the hillsides. It’s LA’s … Continue reading
From the way some—okay, all—publications are covering LA’s mobile dining scene lately, you probably think we’re spending three hours per night waiting in line for tacos served with kimchi and an oDD prediLection for speLLing woRds with randoM capitaLiZed LetteRs. … Continue reading
It’s a fact that’s almost too scandalous for me to admit: In my almost eight years in LA I had never been to the Watts Towers. So when I got assigned one of LA Weekly‘s People issue profiles (an annual … Continue reading
Tomorrow is, symbolically at least, an interesting day. For those of us who have working credit cards and travel budgets, it’s the launch of the Milan furniture fair. And of course for the rest of us, it’s Earth Day. With … Continue reading