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: growing
I snapped this shot the other day during CicLAvia as I was walking on 5th Street (which is a pretty darn magical street) near Irving in Windsor Circle. To me, this represents the quintessential (and perhaps stereotypical) LA street, fringed … Continue reading
I’ve lived here almost 12 years and I’ve only seen it rain in July a handful of times. Two of those times were yesterday. And last night, I woke up to this: Never, ever ever ever, ever seen a real … Continue reading
We’ve been growing food in our backyard for a few years now, from our productive planter box to a sequoia-esque tomato tree that we believe started as compost. But I’ve never, ever been as excited about anything we’ve planted than I … Continue reading
Soooooo ridiculously behind in posting photos from recent events (Dodger Stadium tour! CAMP! Meeting my new nephew! My trip to France and Switzerland!) but I just came across these on this particularly gloomy morning and had to get them posted … Continue reading
On yet another beautiful day here in LA, I was delighted to see the cactus outside my window blooming. I went to snap a photo of it and just happened to catch this bee mid-flight. Or is it a guy … Continue reading
When I was in Summit County last weekend we took a walk around noon, just as the light flurries falling outside gave way to a bonafide blizzard. The last thing I snapped before the white out were these twin aspens, … Continue reading
It’s cold here, as you may have heard. But I’m not going to use this occasion to complain about the fact that I had to wear LONG UNDERWEAR the other day instead of my beloved tights. Instead, I’ll use the … Continue reading
A little over two years ago, I wrote a post about a downtown fountain on a 96-degree day: In two years, this fountain will sit like a crown on a ribbon of green that reaches from here to City Hall, the … Continue reading
Is that not the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? He’s getting bigger every day. Taken with Instagram, where I’m @awalkerinLA