Thursday, June 30, 2011
If you live in the Austin area, you have surely heard about the huge planes of glass on the W Hotel's balconies that have been falling into the street. Now the city has restricted sidewalk and street traffic all around the hotel until they can replace all the panes. I shot this photo yesterday morning. On the lowest balcony you see two panes that are missing. On the fifth balcony up you see that the second pane from the left is gone. The whole hotel had to be evacuated and both condo residents and hotel guests were affected. Linda and I were eating lunch in their restaurant Monday when the first panes fell. (The ones shown above.) When we tried to walk home, we were rerouted by guards who told us there was "construction" going on. The next day, several other panes dropped to the street. A friend of ours was transferred to the Hilton. What a hassle.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The W Hotel in our neighborhood has a rather mixed-up modern eclectic aesthetic (if that makes sense). This old typewriter sits on a mirrored table near the concierge desk. In unrelated news, ome glass panels fell off the residence balconies yesterday, apparently while we lunched there. No people were hurt, but some cars were damaged. Someone had typed an appeal to God on that paper, by the way.
Monday, June 27, 2011
What used to be a Teuscher chocolate shop and coffee bar has changed to BLVD espresso and dessert bar. I'm not much of a chocolate person or a dessert person and drink most of my java at my home two blocks away from here (sitting here enjoying the output of my Capresso Jura Empressa E8 right now). But I like the trade dress of this new incarnation. And I like the idea of it: maybe Austin boulevardiers can go there as they stroll about. Well as soon as it quits being so blasted hot.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Last time we were on South Congress we noticed this vintage book store in the process of getting ready to open. That's an act of defiance to the trends of electronic media and online shopping I'd say. We were in New York last week (yes, the Austin pix were on auto pilot) and we visited some favorite bookstores that still survive but we were shocked to see someone taking the risk on SoCo. Will have to get down there and find something we can't live without.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Hot weather continues in Austin and the respite of rain is not very forthcoming. This South Austin graffiti looks like a cherry bomb ready to ignite itself with its cigar. That's how we are all feeling these days...only no fireworks are allowed. Even the city displays for July 4th are being cancelled because of the drought.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
A couple of Sundays ago this fellow was working on a surreal mural by Snack Bar/Austin Motel on South Congress. I'm not sure what the melting buildings, floating coffee cups and church or the bridge that reminds of the Golden Gate has to do with anything but it is colorful and this guy was braving the Texas heat to work on it.
Monday, June 20, 2011
This marker on Annie Street marks the locations of a fallen Austin Police Department officer. Supposedly all the policemen who died in the line of duty will be honored in this way. I'll be interested to see if the University of Texas allows such a thing on the UT campus for officer Billy Speed. They did not allow the victims of the Tower Sniper to be listed on the memorial they tucked away among the turtle pond on north of the Tower.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Last weekend the Republic of Texas Bike Rally was in town and I snapped this nice chalk sign making. Lots of businesses reserved special areas for motorcycles to park while they patronized the establishments. This was at a favorite little spot of ours called Snack Bar in the Austin Hotel property.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
There are many ways to get a cuppa downtown. Honestly, we don't buy too much coffee except with meals because we have a fancy machine that grinds, tamps, brews one cup at a time in our condo. But coffee shops are a great place for breaks when you are out walking. New to downtown (with a couple of other Austin locations) is Caffé Medici in the Austonian. They have a big red espresso machine.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The weather is getting to the scorching level now in Austin. We were walking to the east side of town on June 1 (cowering in the shadows on the south side of the street) when I noticed this scorching mural above the Tears of Joy hot sauce store on East Sixth.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Our friend Gail Chovan, who runs the hip design shop Blackmail, has run a successful kickstarter campaign to complete a children's book about her little daughter, Zelda, who is blind, experiencing Paris. Blackmail always has wonderful window displays and our blogs have used photos of them before. But this one? C'est magnifique!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
On Pfluger bridge a new sign was unveiled May 17th — “The The History of Lady Bird Lake and the Trail.” Part of the master signage project of The Trail Foundation. Thanks Jackie for getting a snap.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
We were attending a party a few days ago and ran into our friend Patrice Pike, a rock musician of enormous talent. I asked her to let me take a photo of her tattooed arm which depicts Joan of Arc, her favorite historical figure.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Today is the first of the month and therefore theme day at City Daily Photo. We missed last month due to a technical error (or perhaps a human error!) so we wanted to participate this month. The theme is 'under construction.' This is a shot taken this morning of workers at the Federal Courthouse across the street preparing for their day among the beams, columns, scaffolding and such.
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