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: playing
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 →
Our initial destination was a secret spot in the desert, an off-brand Joshua Tree without the crowds. But because it was the end of July, and you’d be damn crazy to go to the desert in the end of July, no … Continue reading →
It’s hard to see in this photo but my dad is wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, which is appropriate because we call him Disney Dad—he’s always trying to maximize our fun (sometimes a little too much fun). I’m heading off … Continue reading →
I’m having a lot of “I’d never thought I’d see the day” days lately in LA. Like the day I rode my bike on 15 car-free miles of Venice Boulevard to the ocean, for example. Or the day when I saw … Continue reading →
Usually, when I’m begging you to come on an adventure with me, it’s something wacky, like up 100 staircases or down a dark subterranean tunnel. This time, it’s easy and accessible—it’s CicLAvia! Our now-three-times-a-year open streets festival is this Sunday, when 15 … Continue reading →
Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to visit and there’s no better time to go than Modernism Week, the annual showcase of desert-faring architecture and design. This year, I’m one of eight Instagrammers who will be dispatched there for … Continue reading →
In my post wrapping up 2012, I mentioned one of my favorite new tools: Instagram. As I’ll be the first to admit, I was extremely hesitant to join. Why did I need to share my photos somewhere else? I already … Continue reading →
We seem to have found ourselves in the sweetest little surf town of Sayulita, Mexico. Something tells me we’ll never want to leave.
It has been a long, hot summer here in LA. But I never made it to the beach until summer was over. I guess this is how we celebrate fall in LA. Photos by me (@awalkerinLA) @msgluck and @ljoliet via … Continue reading →
It was 90 degrees at 10:00 a.m. when I stepped off the Orange Line in Van Nuys. A perfect day for the beach, as one might say in L.A., or for the pool, or for positioning yourself directly beneath those … Continue reading →