Best of Austin More 2007 Critics Politics & Personalities Best Political Theatre: Rep. Pat Haggerty's Quorum-Busting Walk-Out Best at Restoring Some Faith in Law Enforcement: Texas Ranger Brian Burzynski Best Rubber-Elvis-Wig-Wearing Messenger to the People: Dave the Guadalupe Sign Guy Best Government Defender of Open Government: Attorney General Greg Abbott Best Rain-or-Shine Anti-War Campaigners: Women in Black Feistiest Neighborhood Rebellion: Arms Around Northcross, Responsible Growth for Northcross Hunkiest Mayor: Will Wynn Best Brother and Sister Team Bringing National Attention to Austin: Liz Lambert and Lou Lambert Most Sincere Embodiment of Old Austin: Brooks Brannon Best Lobbyist Who's Not in It for the Money: Anne Dunkelberg Best Hope for the Future: APD Chief Art Acevedo Best Visiting Activist: Rob Kampia, Marijuana Policy Project Best Neighborhood Gift to Austin: Town Lake Park Best Unsung Hero: Keith Hampton Most Iconoclastic Neighborhood Association: Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association Best City-Owned Cemetery: Oakwood Cemetery Best Closure: Holly Power Plant Best Legacy of Triumph Out of Tragedy: The Mitchie Mitchell Foundation Most Civil Liberating Lady: Lisa Graybill Best New Crossover Hit: Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge Best Hammers of Justice: Austin Pride Build 2007

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Best Guardians for Keeping SoCo Locally Owned: Rob Lippincott, Abe Zimmerman, Stan Biderman

Love him or loathe him: Güero's owner Rob Lippincott, along with his partners Abe Zimmerman and Stan Biderman, worked closely with neighborhood associations to make the '04 development at 1400 S. Congress acceptable to residents. Further, they refused offers from national chains to set up shop, in order to promote local businesses. Lippincott, Zimmerman, and Biderman are also partners in Penn Field and the SoCo Center developments on South Congress, whose tenants are also local businesses.

Rob Lippincott, Güero's Taco Bar, 1412 S. Congress, 512/447-7688, www.guerostacobar.com

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