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 2012, 2011 and 2010.
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
Car-free Freedom: Does surrendering your automobile in LA make you feel helpless or more independent?
- 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: Good
Well, folks, it’s that time of year again. Actually, it’s a little past that time of year, but since my vacation fell during the time when I’m usually filing my year-in-review post, I gave myself a small grace period. Besides, … Continue reading
It wasn’t all gelato and Aperol during our trip to Italy. As I mentioned before, GOOD Ideas for Cities was one of 124 projects selected for representation at the U.S. Pavilion of the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, and one … Continue reading
Last month I spent a magical three days in the Big Easy to host the last of our 2012 GOOD Ideas for Cities events (in this country, that is). And with the latest news (on the anniversary of Katrina, no … Continue reading
For the last eight months I’ve been skittering across the country with the GOOD Ideas for Cities initiative, taking the program to six mid-sized cities, working with amazing local groups for every event, and writing about each and every brilliant solution … Continue reading
It’s true, I couldn’t get enough of the bikes, the pretzel croutons, and, of course the rain. Thanks to the awesome folks at PSU’s Graphic Design Department (the happiest school in town) I’ll be back in Portland this week to … Continue reading
That’s right, folks! You remember after I announced the Portland GOOD Ideas for Cities event, I hinted that the next city we’d be heading to would be my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. I’m so excited for this event: St. … Continue reading
Back from an incredible trip to Portland for the first GOOD Ideas for Cities event. The highlight may have been when I met Mayor Sam Adams onstage (photo by the awesome Paul Searle). It was all I could do not … Continue reading
If you remember a few months back, I posted about a very exciting new grant I received from a new creative placemaking foundation called ArtPlace. Getting a grant is at once an exhilarating and terrifying thing, as you are basically … Continue reading
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