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: riding
Celebrities are always trying to show us how they care about the environment with their fancy Ford Prii, but eco-warrior Ed Begley Jr. (and my walking/biking/bus riding hero) just bested them all: He rode the subway to the Academy Awards tonight: … Continue reading
It’s a debate as old as time. Or at least as old as Intelligentsia. Some people insist upon calling a large swath of Los Angeles “the Eastside,” which other people don’t think is actually “the Eastside.” This debate has raged … Continue reading
Like many of my neighbors, I was shaken by the news that someone was murdered early Wednesday evening near a place where I walk a few times a week. 78-year-old Joseph Gatto, the father of state Assemblyman Mike Gatto, was likely … Continue reading
I’m back! Rested, restored, tanned, toned, snappy, happy, and ready to coast into my next year. Thanks to everyone for sticking around for the fun. The future’s so bright…
I’m heading off on a few adventures—judging the Sappi Ideas That Matter awards, catching up with family, and road-tripping through the western third of the country—so posting will be slow or nonexistent for a spell. Enjoy your summer!
Last Friday I decided to embark upon an extreme transportation adventure to cover the final Extreme IDEAS event for UCLA’s Architecture and Urban Design School (you can read my recaps of their other events here). The event was held at the … Continue reading
Last week I visited Denver for my sister’s marriage to a dashing young pre-med student. On the Thursday before the ceremony, the ladies took the bride out, hitting up a series of bars on South Broadway. As the clock edged … Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to post this thing for a few days now. How far we’ve come! Just looking at it makes me happy. And not just because it has so many pretty colors now.