Hey there! My name is Alissa. I’m a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in LA.
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I regularly write about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for several publications. You can read my latest stories here, or clicking on the publication will take you to all my articles for that publication. You can also read my favorite stories from 2011 and 2010.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
How a pair of intrepid Angelenos restored Rudolph Schindler’s iconic Bubeshko Apartments.
- Fast Company: Mad for Madison
Why tech startups—and the people who run them—are crazy for the Wisconsin capital.
- LA Weekly: Flattened L.A.
Can a penny-pressing machine by Diane Meyer save Los Angeles architecture?
- Wired: XOXO Loves Tech
A new Portland conference launches and breaks all the records—and the rules.
- GOOD: Car-free Freedom
Does surrendering your automobile in L.A. make you feel helpless or more independent?
- KCET Food: Kickstarting Restaurants
Some of L.A.'s most popular food experiences are being funded by people just like you.
- Designers and Books: Summer Reading
Four design books for poolside reading that are light but not fluffy.
- Dwell: Self Preservation
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Category Archives: riding
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
You remember Eddie Solis, don’t you? The car-free rocker who wrote a love song to LA subways (above) and penned an ode to taking transit for my Studio 360 piece. Well, HE has a radio show, too, and I’m going … Continue reading
I’ve spent the last few days riding the Matterhorn railway (Which is a real thing! Not just at Disneyland!) and I think I’m in love. Not only does Swiss transit always run on time, it goes everywhere in the country—even … Continue reading
On the FlyAway to LAX for the second time in a week, which travels high above South LA using our new 110 ExpressLanes. While I can’t speak to their congestion-relieving qualities specifically, the route sure does afford some lovely views. More photos on … Continue reading
This past weekend I was lucky enough to participate in a retreat with the other steering committee members of Los Angeles Walks, the pedestrian advocacy group I joined last year. Walking can be a very solitary activity, and I’ve realized … Continue reading
I spent a little over 24 hours in a gloriously crisp Atlanta, Georgia last week to speak at the Portfolio Center, the creative school I spent two years at over a decade(!) ago. And while I was there I was … Continue reading
Last weekend I finally got to ride the new improvements on Yucca Street that make it the city’s first bike-friendly street. In my story for the LA Weekly, I note how planners and engineers used anecdotal evidence from cyclists like me … Continue reading