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
If you catch a Santa Monica street sign at just the right angle, it provides the perfect caption for your photo. More photos.
During my walks lately it’s been impossible to avoid the mostly pink blossoms which are bursting out all over the city. By the way, it’s supposed to crack 80 here today. More photos.
As I walked the first few hours of Stair Trek last weekend (the “Toughest Urban Walk on Any Planet”) I realized while talking to some of my fellow walkers that stairwalkers fall into one of two camps: Those who look … Continue reading
Pretty sure I saw heaven above the Hoover Ranch Market. Captured while waiting for the 603 bus. On Instagram I’m @awalkerinLA
Palms three ways. vine.co/v/bJvB39Lexte — Alissa Walker (@gelatobaby) January 28, 2013 Walking will never be the same. Follow me on Vine.
Nature’s Skittles. Captured at the Hollywood Farmers Market.
I run my hands over these succulents on my street almost every time I walk up my hill. I love the way they feel fake. Keep your LA jokes to yourself, please. More Street Walker photos.
Since late November, I’ve been snapping and sharing Christmas light displays during my evening walks through LA (plus a few in New York and New Jersey). On the longest night of the year, it makes sense to share some of … Continue reading
Each year, around this time, LA changes its personality, growing cold and wet and windy just when everyone forgot that it was capable of producing weather. Also around this time, I post my annual “I can see snow from my … Continue reading
This is what our streets look like after a day of heavy winds. There’s something almost alien about these sheared-off palm fronds, like a flock of otherworldly creatures that fell to earth. More photos.