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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It’s amazing really, how something handmade can instantly trump the tallest towers. How seeing the evidence of someone’s hard work makes you want to stop and stare. And the little imperfections make these contributions far more interesting than anything else … Continue reading
Okay, okay, so it was 85 today. But there were Santa Ana winds, somewhere. And I swear I saw a few yellow leaves on the street, maybe. So autumn must be right around the corner, right? Right? Perhaps to nudge … Continue reading
I know what you’re thinking: Forget gelato, Los Angeles, walking. What this blog needs is more photos of trees! And I agree! Being the fall-deprived Angeleno that I am, I went all the way to Crested Butte, Colorado to snap … Continue reading
Last week my friend Liz and I slipped away to the gorgeous Enchantment Resort in Sedona for less than 24 hours of much-needed R&R. We got up early the next morning and took a hike through Boynton Canyon, the steep tangerine … Continue reading
I’ll go ahead and apologize ahead of time to those of you suffering from a late-summer heatwave, the aftermath of Irene, early morning drizzle. This is going to be a story about what everyone says doesn’t exist in LA: weather. … Continue reading
So we thought we’d grow some tomatoes this year. We bought a few varieties and stuck them in our planter box that we built last spring. But things didn’t go as planned. The plants either didn’t like the hot sun … Continue reading
I didn’t really understand until I saw them myself. But I would say that seeing the sequoia trees in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is one of those things that everyone needs to do. Imagine this. You stand in … Continue reading
Is there anything better than the summertime flora of Los Angeles? Spotted on a chain-link fence in Hollywood. Yes, passion fruit grows wild on the streets of LA. More Street Walker photos.
My mom’s in town for a few days so we took a walk around the neighborhood to visit some of my favorite spots. (Don’t worry, mine is 100% dairy-free sorbet… and it was good!) It’s funny to walk through a … Continue reading