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

Unexpected Rewards and Opportunities at Year’s End

So Long, 2013 by Jann Alexander ©2013

As the year ends, an unexpected prize is awarded to What’s Vanishing Next? and an opportunity to pay it forward is bestowed. Creative mastermind Crysta Icore, writing in Dancing with Fireflies, awarded my blog about the wrecking ball that overtook … Continue reading

The Pattern of Change Is Change


It takes a whole lotta cranes to hoist up a new Marriott in downtown Austin, where change is changing faster than you can say change. The upcoming architecture at 2nd Street and Congress Avenue, above, demonstrates the pattern of change … Continue reading

Close Encounters of the Austin Kind


.     .     . It was still spring in Austin, in May 2004, when a scuttled trip to the Grand Canyon led me to the Live Music Capital of the World instead. While there was plenty of … Continue reading

Singing the Moody Blues for Antone’s

Vanishing Austin_Moody Blues by Jann Alexander © 2013

.     .     . Antone’s, the club whose name is perhaps most synonymous with the Live Music Capital of the World moniker that Austin carries, is up for sale. Though its soul left the club long ago, when Clifford … Continue reading