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: Fast Company
Last year on this day I posted my own version of a year-in-review with my 13 favorite stories of the year. (Why 13, everyone wanted to know? Was I superstitious? Unlucky? Honestly, it just worked out that way.) This year, … Continue reading
I started off this week by writing about one of the most beautiful art installations I think I’ve ever seen. Ana Serrano, a Los Angeles native, has built a streetscape that’s based on some of our most vibrant neighborhoods—and she … Continue reading
It has taken me so long to recover from the madness of this year’s SXSW—and specifically, this stuffed avocado—that I had to wait an entire three weeks to write about it. You’ve probably heard already about the overcrowding and overcommercialization … Continue reading
Each year the American Society of Magazine Editors doles out their top awards for publications at the National Magazine Awards. The winners take home giant elephantine abstract sculptures designed by Alexander Calder, and that’s why almost everyone in the mag … Continue reading
Forget resolutions, poo-pooing the past 12 months, or drinking heavily to delete the shortcomings of the year. 2010 was actually an incredibly fun, productive time for me as a writer, and I can only hope that 2011 will bring as … Continue reading
Finally I can declare there is a happy, “Hollywood” ending to this story, but the plot up until now was as comical as The Hangover. For those of you who just joined us: A few months ago, the Trust for … Continue reading
Ahhhh, Oscar season. When we cover our most famous street in luxurious, pedestrian-friendly carpet but only let celebrities walk there. Little gold men start appearing on the sidewalks, wearing their cute plastic skirts. And we worship them like gods. Yesterday … Continue reading