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: riding
One of the best things about riding a bike around LA is the ability to shoot down the little side streets that you’d otherwise never consider taking. Earlier this year, I discovered the glory of Kingsley as a scenic north-south … Continue reading
It’s not often you’re delivered two life-changing experiences in the course of a year. In 2010 I was selected for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship, an honor that irrevocably changed the course of my writing career. And less than 12 … Continue reading
During our de LaB bike ride in Long Beach Sunday—long before my iPhone was snatched on the train—I couldn’t help but admire the festive beach cruiser belonging to April Economides. Who knew that Christmas lights could double as safety lights! … Continue reading
This is what I was doing. In fact, this is what I’m always doing when I’m riding buses or trains. But tonight, as I was riding the Blue Line home from a fantastic day riding bikes in Long Beach, someone … Continue reading
As you may remember around this time last year, I packed my bags and moved downtown for a spell as part of an intense immersive experience for the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. Last year, I and my fellow fellows were … Continue reading
It’s no secret that I’m in love with Los Angeles. Like, ridiculously, unapologetically, possibly clinically insanely in love with Los Angeles. So it was really only a matter of time before I’d grab your sleeve and tug your attention towards Los … Continue reading
It’s tough enough being a student right now—fretting about an uncertain economic future while looking forward to a lifetime of mounting debt—yet somewhere during the creative process for designing a series of ads to promote their new “college discounts,” GM … Continue reading
Ah, Philadelphia. The birthplace of our nation, the home of self-evident truths, the city of Brotherly Love. And Sisterly Love. Philly is a city in transition, yet it still manages to nod to its history on every block. Even the subway … Continue reading
That’s the sound I heard as I was cruising along 4th Street yesterday, headed to speak about freelancing at the Upod Academy hosted by my friend David. As soon as I heard it, I knew what had happened, and I … Continue reading