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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Last year I was asked by Dana Cuff to participate in a workshop organized by cityLAB, the urban think tank she runs at UCLA. The focus of the workshop was to make architectural, business, transportation, and cultural recommendations for Westwood … Continue reading
WESTWOOD — Even in a city that excels at reinventing itself, it’s tough to think of a Los Angeles neighborhood that has experienced as drastic a transformation as the tiny university-adjacent enclave of Westwood Village. Was it just ten years … 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
My latest column for the LA Weekly focuses on the new bus benches that are popping up all over LA. But before you (or your butt) gets too excited, be sure to read about what these bus benches really represent: … Continue reading
Back from an incredible trip to Portland for the first GOOD Ideas for Cities event. The highlight may have been when I met Mayor Sam Adams onstage (photo by the awesome Paul Searle). It was all I could do not … Continue reading
It’s no secret around these parts that I’m a big Chris Burden fan. So of course I’ve been breathlessly awaiting the unveiling of his newest sculpture, Metropolis II at LACMA. It opens this Saturday but I got a sneak preview at … Continue reading
My friend Jim Rota sent me this video for “The Red Line” by local hardcore/punk/metal band It’s Casual and as you might guess, I’m in love. The video features singer and guitarist Edward Solis riding a bus, a skateboard, and of course … Continue reading
“It’s not a city, it’s an endless urban sprawl. Carpet store, lamp store, plumbing store, carpet store, plumbing store… on and on for as far as the eye can see. Backing up that urban sprawl are suburbs that either have … Continue reading