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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.

Coronavirus is not fuel for urbanist fantasies

Instead of using the crisis to deploy quick fixes, this moment should be about focusing on why cities are broken.

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Our house was a refuge—until COVID-19 came home

When my kids grow up, I hope they remember watching "Frozen 2," not the pandemic.

Why Google’s plan to build a ‘smart’ neighborhood failed

Sidewalk Labs has abandoned its proposal to remake Toronto’s waterfront.

Should you be buying that online right now?

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the high social cost of internet shopping.

California could house its entire homeless population in empty hotel rooms right now

COVID-19 has given leaders the authority to commandeer vacant hotels—but they aren’t using it.

101 ways to fight climate change

Earth Day 2020 is going digital. Despite the novel coronavirus, it’s still possible to join the fight against climate change—even if you have to start at home.

Bernie Sanders said the U.S. should provide housing for all. Coronavirus proved he was right.

The presidential candidate championed a universal right to shelter when the country needed it most.

How to breathe cleaner air, indoors and outside

Protect yourself from what’s out your door, but also make some changes in your home.

Watch Curbed’s panel on designing streets that save lives

Transportation leaders discuss how to protect people walking and biking in a post-COVID-19 world.

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Millions of Americans didn’t pay rent on April 1. Now what?

Tenants are calling on state and federal leaders to cancel rent for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

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