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: Street Walker
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.
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!
I spent yesterday (National Walking Day!) strolling Wilshire from its start at the corner of Grand downtown all the way to Fairfax as part of a radio piece. It just so happened that my final destination for the evening—a car-free … 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
Back home (finally) with so much to share. Can’t wait to load up this here site with photos and stories from my trip. Until then, one of my favorite moments in Saint-Étienne, captured as I was heading out of town … Continue reading
I’ve spent the last few days riding the Matterhorn railway (Which is a real thing! Not just at Disneyland!) and I think I’m in love. Not only does Swiss transit always run on time, it goes everywhere in the country—even … Continue reading
Imagine my unbridled delight in discovering this dozen-flight staircase climbing into the hillside of Saint-Étienne. Of course I climbed it right away. More France photos coming soon, I promise! In the meantime, here are a few.