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: walking
Some of my favorite assignments, hands down, are for the LA Weekly’s People Issue, the annual glossy-covered edition featuring the city’s most fascinating Angelenos. This year I wrote two profiles, and they’re both such special People (with a capital P) … Continue reading
This weekend I’ll be logging somewhere around 20 miles and 50 or so public stairways on my FuelBand as part of the massive urban walk from downtown to the Hollywood sign known as the Big Parade. This is my fifth parade—daaaaamn!—and although I’m … Continue reading
One of my favorite transit stops in the city, by far. And for those of you who don’t understand my headline pun, here’s more information on “hand holding a bowl of rice.” More street walking.
Your May Gray has arrived, right on schedule.
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
Yesterday, when the horrific reports began to roll in from Boston, I couldn’t stop thinking of this photo. When I ran the LA marathon in 2011, it was right around here that I understood it wasn’t as much about me running 26.2 … Continue reading
Lots of great spring out there this week. Happy that I could be outside walking and biking to capture it all. Have a great weekend!