San Jacinto and 6th

San Jacinto and 6th Streets - Austin, Texas

San Jacinto and 6th Streets – Austin, Texas

This stretch of Austin’s East 6th Street probably has one of the best collections of older buildings downtown — stuff from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. It’s not very old by world standards and even compared to the cities in the northeast. Texas cities are comparably young.

It wasn’t until I started photographing this place during the day time that I realized the superior detailing of these buildings. Previously, I viewed East 6th Street as a grungy, tourist and college kids filled, low-rent district for cheap drinks.

I’ll feature more building closeups in subsequent posts, but for today, you get a good feel of the street looking west. With each passing year, the number of high-rises that are visible from 6th Street increases. The newest tower is the Aloft Element hotel located on Congress Avenue.

On the south side, more giant towers. This is a historic street, so it will probably remain relatively untouched. However, I can imagine 6th Street surrounded by gleaming high-rises in the not too distant future.

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