A Sense of Place

I just returned from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual conference in Austin, Texas.  It was a good place to hold a conference emphasizing...the importance of a sense of place.

For all of the growing city's distinctiveness - the 1870s limestone storefronts on 6th Street, for example, or the hip vintage hangouts and curious stores in SoCo - some of its finest moments came when it intersected very simply with its natural setting.

A morning on the deck at Mozart's on Lake Austin proved refreshing.  Watching thousands of bats swarm forth from under the Congress Street bridge at dusk was mesmerizing.