It’s All About Your Perspective

Vanishing Austin_Overtowering Sandy's by Jann Alexander © 2013

In Austin, Texas, we take our local landmarks seriously, and our city ordinances decree that new high-rise condos must not exceed the height of our beloved homegrown businesses. Continue reading

Remember the Alamo?

Vanishing Austin_Remember the Alamo by Jann Alexander © 2014

Remember the Alamo? Not the one that began its life in San Antonio, Texas, and made famous by a battle, but the one in Austin, that began life as the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Continue reading

Making Texans Proud Since 1964

Texas Proud Since 1964 by Jann Alexander © 2013

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Broken Spoken Here. The Broken Spoke offers dining, dancing and development. Owner James White, now 75, likes to point out that although “the Broken Spoke isn’t quite as old as the Battle of the Alamo — it captures the mystical charms that make … Continue reading

Austin Is a Town of Continual Juxtaposition

Tacos v Condos by Jann Alexander © 2013

There’s no shortage of colorful contrast in Austin, and there hasn’t been in a long long time. Juxtaposition is Austin’s middle name these days, and figures prominently in my Vanishing Austin series as the most striking way to show our … Continue reading

2013: The Year A Giant Wrecking Ball Ate Austin


It’s time for end-of-year portfolio assessments. The giant wrecking ball that’s tormented Austin for the last five years or so has yielded some major long-term losses, like Las Manitas, The Tiniest Bar in Texas, Little City, the Joseph’s mural, the Bitter End … Continue reading

Juxtapositions Tell the Story of Our Town

Too Late to Look for the Spear by Jann Alexander © 2013

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What a city of contradictions is Austin. Old butts up against the new, old is lamented when exchanged for new. The town’s a shiny magnet for newcomers, despite the fact that its quirky attractions are carelessly surplanted by faceless reflective … Continue reading