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Alissa Walker is a Curbed senior writer who lives in Los Angeles and has been covering cities, transportation, and architecture since 2005. She is the 2021 recipient of the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary for her writing on cities and transportation.

  1. upzoning
    Not in Steph Curry’s BackyardAnother famous resident of Atherton, California — the country’s wealthiest Zip Code — has some concerns about multifamily zoning.
  2. atmospheric rivers
    L.A.’s ‘Green Alley’ Experiments Are WorkingThe city’s efforts to become flood- and drought-resilient are ready to be scaled up.
  3. getting around
    An EV in Every Driveway Is an Environmental DisasterWe can’t lithium mine our way out of climate crisis.
  4. getting around
    Al Roker Is at War With His TeslaHe can’t get in, and he can’t get out.
  5. california storms
    California’s Lost TreesAfter the current storms end, the state will face a new challenge: restoring an already diminished urban canopy.
  6. getting around
    Make 2023 the Year of the BusCori Bush’s first-of-its-kind BRT bill is a start.
  7. urban fauna
    Los Angeles’s Celebrity Mountain Lion Was Also Its HostageWithout an easy way to cross the freeways that bisect his natural habitat, P-22’s life in the city was a lonely one.
  8. getting around
    Eric Garcetti’s Broken SidewalksIf you want to know what kind of mayor he’s been for Los Angeles, just look down.
  9. getting around
    Where Is the Tesla Bus?Elon Musk announced it alongside the Tesla Semi all those years ago. So what gives?
  10. drought
    Is the American West Finally Ready to Kill the Lawn?A historic agreement to save the Colorado River by tearing up more grass is a small step, but a crucial one.
  11. getting around
    GM Is Fixing Busted Teslas NowAbout 11,000 of them so far, according to GM’s president.
  12. cityscape
    The University of California Strike Has Been 50 Years in the MakingAn obscure 1978 property-tax law helps explain why nearly 50,000 grad workers walked out.
  13. getting around
    Don’t Blame the E-BikeThere’s fear and confusion after a surge of preventable battery fires.
  14. getting around
    Can Transit Ambassadors Make the Subway Safer Just by Being There?Los Angeles and other cities are trying to find out if better customer service offers an alternative to policing.
  15. getting around
    Elon Musk’s ‘Hyperloop Prototype’ Was Always a GimmickAt least a parking lot will be useful?
  16. landlords and tenants
    California Has a Brand-new, Very Tiny Renters’ CaucusTalking to the chair of the four-member group about skyrocketing costs, landlord colleagues, and what he pays for a one-bedroom.
  17. getting around
    7-Inch Platform Gaps Are Keeping Disabled Riders Off the SubwaysA new class-action lawsuit is demanding the MTA do something to actually fix them.
  18. remembrance
    Mike Davis Was RightAbout the fires in Malibu, the hostile approach to urban planning, the inequality crushing Los Angeles.
  19. getting around
    New York’s Halloween Streets Plan Should Be in Place Year-RoundIt shouldn’t be this dangerous for kids to walk around their neighborhoods.
  20. getting around
    Can You Make Drivers Pay Attention to Cyclists?Automakers are betting that a series of built-in alerts will help save lives.
  21. landlords and tenants
    ‘That’s the One to Put in a Blender’The secret Los Angeles City Council recordings reveal a real fear of a potential tenants’ bloc.
  22. getting around
    The SUV-ification of Police FleetsExperts sound the alarm as departments across the country embrace bigger, faster vehicles.
  23. getting around
    The Case for the One-Car BuildingWhy a midtown tower’s communal Porsche is kind of a good thing.
  24. utopias
    Is There Such a Thing As an Ethical Smart City?Josh O’Kane’s new book on Sidewalk Labs’ failed city of the future says there’s potential.
  25. jackson water crisis
    ‘I Remember This Happening As a Little Girl and We’re Still Dealing With It’Living through Jackson’s perpetual water crisis.
  26. extreme heat
    When the Playground Slide Reaches 122 DegreesHow we’ve surrendered some of our most essential public spaces to extreme heat.
  27. hot garbage
    Is Alternate-Side Parking a Mistake?How the weekly car ballet does, and doesn’t, keep the city clean.
  28. getting around
    California Banned Gas Cars. Now It Needs a Plan for Fewer Cars.“Responding to climate change requires diminishing that car dependence.”
  29. water wars
    Kim Kardashian, Have You Considered Spray-painting Your Lawn?Like your friend Rick Caruso.
  30. getting around
    Good Luck to This Man Who Became His Own Tesla KeyThe doors can be fickle.
  31. getting around
    Can a Garage Full of Revel Taxis Stop the Next Blackout?Electric vehicles could become a giant energy-storage bank.
  32. getting around
    Should It Be Easier to Take Away a Driver’s License?It’s not a right, but we often treat it like one.
  33. operators
    When Is a Property Not a Home? Dr. Oz Knows.Maybe when it’s in New Jersey.
  34. getting around
    We’re So Close to Having Cars That You Can’t Drive DrunkA simple fix that Republicans are trying to oppose.
  35. the unhoused
    Trump’s Grotesque Plan to ‘End Homelessness’ Is Already Mainstream PolicyAmong plenty of Democrats, too.
  36. getting around
    DALL-E Is Actually Kind of Good at Designing Walkable StreetsIn case we want to replace car-centric engineers with bots.
  37. getting around
    A Possible Explanation Behind Kylie Jenner’s Extra-Short Private-Jet TripsShe’s (probably) not flying just to the mall.
  38. getting around
    A Bike Lane Built for a Car CrashWhy did L.A.’s 6th Street Bridge turn into just another altar to the automobile?
  39. gun violence
    52 Empty School Buses Drove to Ted Cruz’s HouseThe mobile memorial is visiting NRA-funded politicians to remind them of the 4,368 U.S. children murdered by gun violence since 2020.
  40. life after roe
    Ozark, of All Things, Inspired a Plan for a Floating Gulf Coast Abortion Clinic“I began thinking of how it could be legal because of those casino ships on the Mississippi.”
  41. flooding
    The City’s Inflatable-Dam Handout Is Essentially Useless“Not everybody is a general contractor.”
  42. life after roe
    The Lobby Newsstand Could be the Future of AbortionPeople lease federal land to sell chips and drill for oil. Why not a clinic?
  43. getting around
    How California Got ‘Relief at the Pump’ RightLawmakers realized it’s not just about drivers.
  44. capitol riot
    A Funny Thing Happened in Trump’s SUV on the Way to the Capitol RiotMaybe he should have walked after all.
  45. getting around
    Bring on the SUV CrushingIf New York City wants to do safety spectacle, let’s go big.
  46. getting around
    The MTA Bus Driver Who Won’t Tell You to Pay“I’m not enforcing a fare that can lead to me being hurt.”
  47. getting around
    Los Angeles Is Trying to Ban Bike Repair in PublicThe council just advanced an ordinance that would make it illegal to be in public space with bike parts.
  48. big boxes
    The American Dream Is Almost in DefaultThe mall, that is.
  49. back to the office
    Elon Musk Is Over Remote WorkPut in 40 hours a week at the office first, then he’ll consider it.
  50. texas school shooting
    The Pro-Gun, Anti-Door PartyAfter Uvalde, Republicans turn to a bizarre talking point about school safety.
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