Friday, July 18, 2014

Where the Sidewalks End...

An Austin Chronicle report on the current and future status of Austin sidewalks...

Know of a crumbling sidewalk you'd like to report?

The Austin Chronicle would like to know about it.  Read more about their email hotline here.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

East 5th near San Saba

"Supervisors Tony and Dario, 8-15-84."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Property Line

On Congress St.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sidewalk Outside Stubb's

Vampire Weekend show goers protected themselves from the sun with umbrellas, then left them behind when they we're let in.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sometimes love is in the air....

Other times it's on the ground....near Airport and Manor. Image contributed by B. Kremer.

Found in the sidewalk in the Clarksville neighborhood of Austin.
 For more on their crazy love, check out this article on the topic.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Walk and Talk

Of course! many of us sit all day...way not have a meeting outside, on a walk.  It's good for your brain, and good for your body.  Hear more via Nilofer Merchant's short TED talk.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Walking in Tuscon

Inspired by Walk Raleigh, some folks have replicated the project in Tuscon... 
Yay, for tactical urbanism!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Little by Little

...walking is gaining ground!  Which seems silly to say, but it's true.  Particularly in cities where the culture of walking is squelched by sprawl and traffic.  Alissa Walker recently gave a bolstering talk on the topic at Wired UK: take a listen.

Fallen Butterfly

As I contemplated the new construction on East 6th and San Marcos, I came across him--

Monday, January 7, 2013

Rainy Day in Austin

Found oil spots around town.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rainy day in San Francisco

Umbrella carcass found outside the 16th Street Bart station.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


1) Plaza Subway Platform, 2) Q line , 3) PS1 Stair, 4) Dia Beacon where a Serra sculpture meets ground, 5) Guggenheim sidewalk

Saturday, September 15, 2012

South Congess

Leaves + leaf stains

Friday, September 14, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A walk in Bethany Cemetery

A seemingly long forgotten parcel of land in east Austin...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

So many little things...

....along the pavement's edge (inspired by the last post)

Steve Wheen, Guerilla Gardener
(a.k.a. the Pothole Gardener)
Slinkachu here and here.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cement Eclipses

Just discovered Issac Cordal's work....thought I'd make a post about it here, because a lot of the photo's context is the pavement under our feet....

See/read more about him:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

a pedestrian solution that involves removing sidewalks....

On London's Exhibition Road, thoughtful planners have opted to erase the once distinct boundary between cars and pedestrians...

Read more about it here in this week's GOOD.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vintage Sidewalk Photo

I recently came across this as I was sorting through old photos. It's circa 1994, taken in Eugene, Oregon. The dorms at the U of O had frozen yogurt machines and everyone seemed to abuse the privilege. Splattered and melting cones could be seen all over campus during and after meal times...this was just one of many, caught in mid-melt.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Traces of The Rapture on the Sidewalk

Took a walk around Lake Merritt this a.m. and came across this (and a few other installations) honor of the day.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Austin made it into the Atlantic's most walkable cities list...

Somehow, Austin made it into the top 11, with a bronze rating. I find this interesting, because in my own experience, Austin isn't terribly walkable. Of course, I grew up in San Francisco, where walking was a valid form of transportation to and from work, as well as to social events, and grocery shopping, etc. So I have high standards. Now, even though I live in central Austin, I can't do as much productive walking. Instead, I find myself walking for pleasure. It is usually too far, too hot, and too torn up (at least currently, as I live a block from the east 7th street construction project).

But I am still happy it made it on the list....

Read more details here, on

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Photos of the others....

In the process of doing a bit of research on Chris Taylor and his land arts program, I came across one of their recent projects called Ground Sourcing Documentation. Folks in Lubbock had a 12 hour window in which to participate/submit. If I knew this was happening ahead of time, I'd have driven the 6 hours to Lubbock to participate! oh well...

To learn more about Land Arts of the American West, visit their website.

Or read this recent article from the new york times.