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

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

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

Turned On and Powerful Once Again

Vanishing Austin_Austin Power by Jann Alexander © 2013

Austin Power: “You can’t turn me on.” Austin Powers: “Au contraire baby, you can’t resist me.” Austin Power’s getting turned back on, after two-plus dormant decades, as its transformation from an Art Deco design icon to a “future urban oasis . … Continue reading