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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It has been a long, hot summer here in LA. But I never made it to the beach until summer was over. I guess this is how we celebrate fall in LA. Photos by me (@awalkerinLA) @msgluck and @ljoliet via … Continue reading →
It was 90 degrees at 10:00 a.m. when I stepped off the Orange Line in Van Nuys. A perfect day for the beach, as one might say in L.A., or for the pool, or for positioning yourself directly beneath those … Continue reading →
Look, we’re a brand! I guess it’s official. See you back here next week when I’m a married woman. See more on Instagram, where I’m @awalkerinLA
Happy Sunday. See more on Instagram, where I’m @awalkerinLA
It’s been exceptionally warm for the last few days, which has led to some unique shots in my camera, to say the least. We ate meals outside at our new table. Everything seemed to explode into bloom. And the smell! … Continue reading →
When my parents were here last weekend, they brought our dog Belle with them, and we got to spend some quality time with her at our house. It’s funny how having a dog changes the way you interact with your … Continue reading →
My friend Gregory just tagged me in one of those chain letter-type posts where if you don’t answer 11 questions about yourself and forward it along to 11 more people someone close to you will be severely maimed in a … Continue reading →
Before we’d officially named Big Kiddah, we realized we were already all calling him the same thing. “No, kitty!” (as he leapt onto a dinner plate) “No, kitty!” (as he leapt onto the book we were reading) “No, kitty!” (as … Continue reading →
Contrary to what you might be thinking, this photo, shot by one Keith Scharwath, was not taken on Halloween. When Keith snapped it with his iPhone, I had absolutely no idea what was going on behind me. But really, it was no different … Continue reading →
Today’s LAX post will be a bit different, since I’m parked poolside in Palm Springs for my friend Sonja’s bachelorette party. And that’s the thing. Over the last ten years, I’ve often found myself far, far away from my beloved … Continue reading →