Is Your Austin Vanishing?

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Trading Places by Jann Alexander © 2011


Soon a bland corporate hotel chain revered the world over for its predictability will stand in place of this textural, colorfully cheeky block of individuality, replacing the contrasts of angles and styles and skies that exist now along Congress and 2nd. A corporate logo stamped on countless buildings will take the place of the gaudy vibrancy of Tesoros and the Joseph’s mural and will cast its own lengthy shadows on the sparkling Frost Tower.

That’s Austin, Vanishing.

What’s next? Post your concerns for what’s uniquely-Austin, yet poised for visual mediocrity–when you fear your favorite bit of Austin eye-candy is about to be overtaken by bland new development, comment here.

I’ve been photographing the visual derring-do that is Austin’s homegrown architectural charm in my Vanishing Austin series since 2004. I’ve got 40 images to date, many juxtaposing the old against the new; and sadly, many more in the photography pipeline to go. Your thoughts about this series, and your suggestions for places you’d like to see honored in the series, are welcomed here. 


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Endangered Species of Austin, poster by Jann Alexander © 2009

Endangered Species of Austin poster

Shop my Vanishing Austin series: While many Austin landmarks are lost, many are survivors still. Admire them all in a slideshow, HERE. Prints start at $35.

Marvel at what’s lost and what’s survived in my Endangered Species of Austin poster, featuring 16 Austin icons, and sized at a handsomely large 24 x 36,” available for $25, HERE.


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4 replies

  1. Hopefully City of Austin Downtown Master Planners will identify and understand that all of the various historical art and architectural icons ARE significant contributors to what defines ‘quality of life’ in Austin. http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/greatstreets/ http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/downtown/designguidelines.htm
    http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/zoning/downloads/np_contacts.pdf
    Contact: Jim Robertson, 974-3564; jim.robertson@ci.austin.tx.us
    As with Historical Society protections it should be within the perview of local government to at least inventory and designate these amenities for review before destruction. Even trees in Autin get that much consideration.Keep collecting the great Vanishing Austin photographs… they may be the only reference for retrofitting this town once the citizenry wakes up!

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  2. great resources you’ve offered, a big thanks. this is just the kind of feedback I can use–to broaden the audience to what’s at risk in allowing pell-mell development to overwhelm Austin’s unique character. Austin, a city of firsts–woudn’t it be great if it could also be the first city to allow its rich visual heritage to dominate the urban planning process?

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