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

Here’s to Halcyon Days Ahead for Legal Vices

Those Halcyon Days by Jann Alexander © 2014

Some of Austin’s towers are getting pretty overtowering, but locally-owned Halcyon is holding its own against Austin’s first real tower, the Frost Bank Tower. Downtown Coffee Shop, Bar & Lounge, Halcyon Suits Any Occasion http://t.co/pg5AS7r348 — the Austinot (@theAustinot) February … 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.

There Goes the Neighborhood


Lamar Plaza is gone. It’s just a hole in the ground now. Since late 2012, dozens of local businesses vacated a shopping plaza that served as the heart of South Lamar, to make way for an upscale apartment complex and … Continue reading