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

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

Too Late to Look for the Spear

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

A pack of Wrigley’s Spearmint gum could relieve fatigue for just a nickel, but no longer, as a new Marriott hotel in downtown Austin has already encased an iconic wall mural in steel. The Congress Avenue landmark wall that featured ads … Continue reading

The Pattern of Change

PL_The Pattern of Change by Jann Alexander © 2103 VanishingAustin.com-0711

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. Above, the upcoming architecture at 2nd Street and Congress Avenue demonstrates the pattern of change … Continue reading

The more things change . . . ?


Though I didn’t know it then, Vanishing Austin really began in 2004. In a 2010 interview crafted by SuperCityMedia, still appearing on Austin-Architecture.com, I explained the origins and motivations behind my drive to record an Austin I feared was vanishing. True then, still true now? Judge for yourself, and I’d love your feedback on my take—that no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same.