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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Category Archives: reading
Yesterday, we found out that we lost both Huell Howser, ebullient television personality and tireless booster of Los Angeles, and Ada Louise Huxtable, pioneering architecture critic and stalwart champion of great buildings. Howser died Sunday and Huxtable Monday, but the news of … Continue reading
Jason Kottke just summed it up for me: Posting about anything else in the wake of the mind-numbing devastation on the East Coast—the full extent of which we have yet to learn—just feels dumb. I’ve been trying to keep it … Continue reading
Dear American Way magazine, I wouldn’t say I’m a longtime reader, but I do admit to picking you up for those handful of minutes after the cabin door is closed and before I’m granted the use of my approved electronic … Continue reading
There is perhaps no more movement that is more dear to my heart than that of the urban farm—from the productive vacant lots to the tiny rooftop plots sprouting up across America. My dear friend Sarah Rich just published a … Continue reading
Way back when I was a single lady, I was honored to be interviewed by two men I admire on my propensity for pedestrianism. (Is that a word? I’m going with it.) First, I was the subject of an entire … Continue reading
I have two stories in this week’s LA Weekly, which means I get my name in ALL CAPS on the table of contents—twice! First, I test-drove various art and culture apps with the goal of discovering new art and artists … Continue reading
Reading and eating. Things we do every day. Things you may in fact be doing right now. But only one Los Angeles event combines them so gracefully into one tasty happening. Hot Dish is kind of like a literary potluck, with … Continue reading
One of my favorite new magazines (and yes, there are still new magazines) is AFAR, which I’ve written for a few times, thanks to my awesome editor Julia Cosgrove. AFAR is ostensibly about travel but it’s not about chintzy hotel deals … Continue reading