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: speaking
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
If you live here in Los Angeles, chances are the LA 2050 initiative has flooded your Twitter stream. And your Facebook stream. And your inbox stream. And your dinner party stream. 279 projects that aspire to shape the future of … Continue reading
I don’t usually think about the choice to walk, bike and take transit in LA as a way to save money. But when I got tapped by Los Angeles Magazine to write a story on car-free living for this month’s … Continue reading
Last week I was lucky enough to visit Miami for the ArtPlace Creative Placemaking Summit. While I’ve been to Miami before, on this trip I was particularly charmed by the colorful cacophony happening in its public spaces, from the Art … Continue reading
I’ve been spending lots of time in the Arts District lately, and I’ve been spending lots of time eating my whole life, so I’m happy to announce the perfect combination of my two erstwhile pursuits: I’ll be co-hosting a food-focused … Continue reading
I think that just about the nicest thing that anyone can do for another person is to pack them a lunch. Of course it has all the connotations of a brown-bag stuffed by mom on the first day of school, … Continue reading
Earlier this week I posted a contest to send money to Sandy relief and give away one of the beautiful posters created to promote my upcoming AIGA Colorado talk. All you had to do is leave a comment telling me … Continue reading
This week I’m headed to Denver to speak at an AIGA Colorado event at the Denver Art Museum. In honor of Election Day (which is TOMORROW, but I didn’t need to tell you that), I’ll be speaking about design and … Continue reading