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Alissa Walker connects people with where they live through writing, speaking, and walking. As the urbanism editor at Curbed, she authors the column Word on the Street, highlighting the pioneering transit, clever civic design, and game-changing policy affecting our cities.

For her writing on design and urbanism, Alissa has been named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and Journalist of the Year by Streetsblog Los Angeles. In 2012 her project Good Ideas for Cities was selected for inclusion in the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2015 she received the Design Advocate award from the LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She is also the co-founder of design east of La Brea, a nonprofit that has received two National Endowment for the Arts grants supporting its LA design events.

Alissa lives in Los Angeles, where she is a co-host of LA Podcast, a contributor to the KCRW show Greater LA, and a mom to the city's two most enthusiastic public transit riders.

The real reason California’s upzoning bill failed

SB 50 was opposed by wealthy homeowners—but that’s only part of the story.

Design competitions won’t solve your city’s problems

Contests to fix everyday urban issues create spectacles instead of solutions.

Car ads are bad for our cities

Why can car companies drive recklessly on the very streets where people have been killed by reckless drivers?

Could a 35-story, all-wood skyscraper cut housing costs?

A "pure timber" proposal from Sidewalk Labs could make building homes cheaper and more climate-friendly.

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Is this $5.7M Vegas mansion worth its tremendous environmental cost?

This year’s New American Home has views of the Strip—and the building industry’s recklessness.

Where the Democratic primary candidates stand on transportation

Michael Bloomberg’s new plan focusing on walking, biking, and transit raises the bar for candidates.

Bloomberg’s transportation plan envisions walkable, transit-rich neighborhoods

"One part of the plan that’s really important is getting people out of cars," says advisor Janette Sadik-Khan.

How Democratic candidates are trying to woo Midwest cities

From housing to transportation, issues confronting the nation are surfacing in the Heartland.

Will California house or hide its growing homeless population?

Plans to move the state’s homeless residents into centralized facilities gain steam.

Where the Democratic candidates stand on climate policy

A key issue for 2020, finally with comprehensive plans.