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: City Walks
The mulberry trees that grow all over New York are ripening right about now. You can tell because the sidewalks below them are covered in dark purple polka dots. After I picked a bunch it looked like I’d escaped the … Continue reading
It seems like there’s some ginormous neo-Gothic church on every other corner in Harlem. But I liked these little churches that are tucked into the blocks. You’ll see a lot of the brownstone churches painted white like this to show … Continue reading
I swear, it was like a rainforest in Central Park yesterday. Everything is blooming. When the sun cut through the clouds the ground sizzled. The Sheep Meadow was covered in hundreds of robins. All hopping around, chirping and snacking. This … Continue reading
When I lived in Hollywood my address was followed by 1/2. Everyone always asked, what does that mean, you got half of an apartment? You know, like a John Malkovich kind of thing. The houses located on Dennett Place in … Continue reading
Andean raspberry and corn (yes, corn!) from Cones. They put a little dusting of cinnamon on the corn. This is the real deal. Hazelnut and coffee at Sal’s in Carroll Gardens. Where they don’t need those pretty cups or spoons, … Continue reading
As I’ve mentioned here before, I love love love the work of Chris Burden. This is his latest installation at Rockefeller Center, What My Father Gave Me. Yes, it is a model of the GE Building, rendered in over a … Continue reading
The signage at Rockefeller Plaza is probably some of the most amazing lettering I’ve ever seen in my life. Commendably, it looks like they’ve managed to keep a lot of it intact. The escalators are old and super tiny, and … Continue reading
I see things all the time and I’m so shocked they’re happening I forget to take a picture. Like when this cement truck rolled by. Have you ever seen one so beautifully decorated? It wasn’t even owned by Wonder Bread. … Continue reading