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.
He’s been in town less than six months, and already Peter Mullan is making big changes. As CEO of the Waller Creek Conservancy, he’s spearheading the massive undertaking of turning Waller Creek into a destination that renews the natural environment, fosters the creative arts, stimulates the economy and nourishes authentic experiences for Austin communities. “I hope Waller Creek becomes one of Austin’s beloved public places—a place that brings people together from all over the city,” he says of the project. Regarding the rapid growth of the capital city, Mullan says, “I hope Austin can grow up without losing its soul. Parks can help, because they bring people together and support the local culture. And they are triple bottom line solutions—addressing the economic, environmental and social needs of the city.”