Route 29: A Sociopolitical Transect

so·ci·o·po·lit·i·cal /ˌsōsēōpəˈlitikəl/

Adjective
Combining social and political factors.

tran·sect /tranˈsekt/

Noun
A straight line or narrow section through an object or natural feature or across the earth's surface, along which observations are made or measurements taken.
Verb
Cut across or make a transverse section in.

A city, like any environment, can be studied by taking samples along a transect. The transect for this study is described by CapMetro Route 29, or in this case, the absence of the route.

Shortly after this photographic study, the route was decommissioned leaving this as the only extant record of its passage through Austin. The signage is gone, the maps no longer reference the route. The bus stops are not pictured here, but the view looking across the street. Over time these locations will change making this archeological record of Route 29 increasingly difficult to resolve. At some point both the route and its photographic mirror will cease to be.