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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Just getting back to my desk after weeks of eating, drinking, traveling, exploring, walking, riding, talking, and listening. Lots to report, but first and foremost, I’m jumping on the bandwagon and starting a quarterly email newsletter. The first newsletter will … Continue reading →
Guess what time of year it is? Well, yes, it’s decorative gourd season motherfuckers, but it’s also Walktober! And that means lots of walking events all over LA (and the country), ending with the year’s best holiday for walking… Halloween! … Continue reading →
In the same way that Tattly has made temporary tattoos more palatable for design-conscious parents, the new Outside the Lines coloring book will allow families to color in public without shame. So excited to announce that one of Keith’s drawings is … Continue reading →
As I’ve mentioned here before, one of the best blogs about our fair city is Los Angeles, I’m Yours, edited by the fabulous Kyle Fitzpatrick (who is also one of the most entertaining Instagrammers in town). It’s no surprise that … Continue reading →
As alluded to earlier on this very blog, this week was LA’s birthday. To celebrate, I joined the Los Pobladores walk from the San Gabriel Mission to El Pueblo to recreate the (perhaps largely symbolic) walk the city’s founders took … Continue reading →
Although we’ve got quite the reputation as a young city, Los Angeles is no civic spring chicken. El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula was founded in 1781, making her 232 this year—older than … Continue reading →
Earlier this month there was a New York Times story (and a New Yorker story, and an NPR story) about the proliferation of summer camps for adults. Each camp is different, of course, but here’s the basic premise: Tech addicts pay … Continue reading →
And how was your long weekend? More signs by my talented husband (going fast!) at scharwath.com Update: Look at that, I can embed Instagram videos now…
Just back from Denver and the wedding of my sister Beth to the adorable Robin. It was a whirlwind and emotional week, as these things often are, but I luckily got to spend plenty of time with my sister, including … Continue reading →
Last year, when I was strolling about London, I gave a talk at the WIRED 2012 conference about the importance of designing our cities for walking: It’s the simplest, fastest way to make a city safer, healthier, and economically stronger. At the … Continue reading →