"Remember the Alamo!" If you're leading a charge against a conquering army with but a ragtag rebel force, you can rally your troops with this trusty, time-tested cry. Remember the Alamo? Not the one that began its life in San Antonio, Texas, and was made famous by a battle on this day in 1836, but the... Continue Reading →

Here’s to Halcyon Days Ahead for Legal Vices

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. http://twitter.com/theAustinot/status/431447276964560897 As Brittany Highland writing in the Austinot reminds us (via twitter), you can get your caffeine or alcohol or nicotine or sugar or panini or just plain people-watching fix satisfied... Continue Reading →

How Do You Move 95+ Austin Landmarks in One Day?

When you're faced with moving more than 95 Austin Landmarks (in the form of hundreds of framed and/or matted prints and posters) in one day, there's only one way to do it.

Yes, it does. As noted in What's Vanished Since 2004, some of Austin's best treasures have gone missing since I began my Vanishing Austin photo series that spring. It was Las Manitas on Congress Avenue that vanished in a truly public way, and marked the first time Austin's sleepy citizens roused themselves to fight a corporate invasion that... Continue Reading →

What’s Vanished Since 2004?

A lot of Austin has gone missing since I began my Vanishing Austin photo series in the spring of 2004. For one reason or another—losing their leases, making way for condos, hotels, chains and new buildings, relocating for cheaper rents, gentrification, new urbanism trends, losing a long-time customer base, or owners just being plain tired... Continue Reading →

An Austin ghost sign that has long served as an iconic landmark, and dates from the time a pack of Wrigley's gum cost you a nickel, is now forever hidden from view by a new Marriott.

Sandy's Frozen Custard may very well be the best frozen custard in Texas. And Sandy’s still serves its frozen treats the old-fashioned way—from its walkup window, just the way they did in 1947—and you can still slip back in time at Sandy’s, if you can ignore the tall condo and crane overtowering its vintage neon sign.... Continue Reading →

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