As Austinites, we’re blessed to live in a city that is progressive, experiential, experimental, game-changing, conscious and, lets face it, awesomely cool. In such a city, you’d expect the population to match, and in the ATX, we don’t disappoint. This Capital City is chock-full of amazing citizens who strive to better the city on a daily basis. From writers to activists, entrepreneurs to artists, we’ve rounded up a diverse group of Austinites that help make this city great.
Dan Solomon’s articles always come across like the best stories at a dinner party. The freelance journalist, with “permalance” positions at Texas Monthly and Fast Company, launched his career as an independent Austin reporter in 2009 and is now a highly relatable voice of cultural critique, covering topics as varied as politics, pop culture, sexism and sports. After a decade in Austin, Solomon says the city remains a rich mine of stories. “If you’re fascinated by the world, which I think you need to be in order to be a decent journalist, then you can find a lot of what you’re looking for here,” he says, citing social justice issues, business fodder and an endless supply of characters. Right now, Solomon is working on a new Texas Monthly piece about East Austin’s changing demographics and the growing number of residents pushed out by rising rent. Now, that’s relatable.