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.