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

How Does Austin Beat the Heat?

Vanishing Austin_Frog Legs and Towers by Jann Alexander © 2013

… Sunny and 102°?!  How to Beat the Heat? How else—with frog legs, fried pies and air conditioning. Indulge in some cocktails, then splurge on some Texas beef, after breakfast. Throw in some towers. Oh, and did we mention . … Continue reading

You Mean Austin Keeps on Vanishing?

Yes, it does. As I wrote on July 19 in What’s Vanished Since 2004, some of Austin‘s best treasures have gone missing since I began my Vanishing Austin photography series that spring. It was Las Manitas on Congress Avenue that vanished in … Continue reading

What’s Vanished Since 2004?

Heartbroken Music by Jann Alexander ©2013

A lot of Austin has gone missing since I began my Vanishing Austin photography series in the summer of 2004. For one reason or another—losing their leases, making way for condos, hotels, chains and new buildings, relocating for cheaper rents, … 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.

What does it take to vanish?


It takes a certain knack to make the Vanishing Austin list and actually do the unthinkable–Vanish. That’s what Little City did on May 13, after 18 years on Congress Avenue as an original, independent, Austin-style coffee house. Only by necessity, … Continue reading