Hey there! My name is Alissa. I’m a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA.
I'm currently loving my new role as Urbanism Editor at Gizmodo.
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.
- 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.
- New York Times
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Category Archives: reading
30 years ago this week, the 1984 Summer Olympics started with a blast (quite literally, a dude in a jetpack) and Los Angeles was never the same. I’ve spent the last year researching and writing a few pieces on the … Continue reading
There’s nothing I love better than showing people around my city, so I was extremely excited to be on the other side of the interview for this month’s“Ask a Local” feature in Sunset, talking about some of the lesser-known Hollywood gems. (Like … 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
This weekend I’ll be logging somewhere around 20 miles and 50 or so public stairways on my FuelBand as part of the massive urban walk from downtown to the Hollywood sign known as the Big Parade. This is my fifth parade—daaaaamn!—and although I’m … Continue reading
Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to one very good-looking mom, from one very weird looking baby. She still looks pretty much exactly like this photo of her, by the way. And sometimes I still look exactly like I do … Continue reading
As a kind of post-CicLAvia/pre-Bike Week commemoration, I published my first piece over on Medium this week, which happens to be about biking. Medium is a new platform for reading and writing and I couldn’t be more excited to use … Continue reading
Earlier this week I read a story that you might have seen as well: Why NPR (and PRI and American Public Media) reporters have such great names like Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Renee Montagne, Ira Glass, Chana Joffe-Walt, Dina Temple-Raston, Guy Raz, Kai Ryssdal, Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, Neda … Continue reading