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: USC/Annenberg Getty
Where would you take me if I asked to see the real LA? It’s something that we’ve been talking about a lot as a group, and it’s a major focus of most of our itineraries: Where to find the categorically-misunderstood … Continue reading
Steve Roden’s paintings are, at first glance, a cacophonus explosion of exuberant color, radical geometry and abstract conception. But if you know Roden’s work, you know that a green line is not just a green line, and a pink triangle … Continue reading
At the Grove, a shopping mall here in LA, there’s a trolley to nowhere. A battery-powered, double-decker, vintage-styled car shuffles shoppers a few blocks, from Banana Republic to Kiehl’s. This used to bother me to no end: A train that … Continue reading
It has become tradition for the USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism fellowship to welcome a new fellow halfway through the program. Last night we were introduced to this sharp new addition to the team during an outing to Guelaguetza, the legendary … Continue reading
We’ve been inside a lot of artist studios this week, but I have to say some of the most exciting and innovative work I’ve seen was not created in a studio at all. It did not originate in Chinatown or … Continue reading
I know the biggest question you probably have about this fellowship: Are they feeding me enough gelato? You’ll be happy to hear that not only am I receiving my recommended daily allowance of cool, creamy treats procured from all over … Continue reading
Meet my new alarm clock. I’m pretty sure it’s the best one I’ve ever had. More about the USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. More photos here.
Los Angeles is not very good at remembering. The problem is something that art critic and writer Hunter Drohojowska-Philp called “perpetual nowness”—in our constant quest for the hottest, newest, trendiest, sexiest, we suffer from a collective cultural amnesia about what … Continue reading
I’m sitting in a hotel room in rainy downtown Los Angeles, about to embark upon the first full day of my USC/Annenberg Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to start anything in my life, … Continue reading