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
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
The latest issue of GOOD is all about energy, a hot (ha!) topic that we thought would be sure to spark (ha, ha!) some good conversations. So, through Meetup Everywhere, a really nifty little organizing tool for events, we launched … 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
Last week I wrote a column for GOOD after reading a pretty awesome story about Vincent Kartheiser, who plays Pete on one of my favorite shows, Mad Men. You see, Kartheiser let a New York Times reporter trail him as … Continue reading
I had to escape LA’s record-and-thermometer-shattering heat, so I headed to San Francisco yesterday…which was a steamy (for SF) 84 degrees! But I’m also here to moderate one of my favorite events, GOOD Design Bay Area! I was thrilled to … Continue reading
I’m really excited about an event I’m helping to plan for GOOD, in partnership with railLA, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, the Coalition for Clean Air, and de LaB. railLA contacted us to throw a party as part of … Continue reading