Austin, TX is a boomtown, an urban colossus with attributes of Portland, Nashville, Brooklyn and San Francisco. (Photo by Harrison Blackman)

In Texas, a tale of two cities

The divergent trajectories of San Antonio and Austin

An Alamo employee offers to take a photo of a tourist. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)

San Antonio: Out of the Past

San Antonio’s River Walk—an early tourist trap. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)
The Tower of the Americas (right, in back) behind a 2002 sculpture, Sebastían’s “La Antorcha de la Amistad,” a gift from Mexico. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)
The Pearl is San Antonio gentrification at its most intense. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)
The Mission San José, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a look into Texas’ past. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)

Deep Time

A nighttime view of Austin’s tallest skyscraper, “The Independent”—otherwise known derisively as the “Jenga Tower.” (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)

Austin: City of the Future?

Yuppies gather at Better Half Coffee, near downtown Austin. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)
In East Austin, lines at La Barbecue stretch out the door. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)
Police activity in Austin showcase that Austin is still a city, with all the problems of one. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)
Texas State Capitol—taller than the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Harrison Blackman, 2020.)

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