Best Local Visionary And Best Mover & Shaker

Kirk Watson

Say what you will about Da Mayor, he's taken a torpid Austin city government and made it sing, on the radical premise that City Hall can actually be vital and helpful and that when Austinites say they value our area's quality of life, they really mean it. If this doesn't seem visionary to you, then you weren't living here in the Eighties. And when the mayor moves, you better believe the ground shakes. Watson's reputation may be pocked with charges that he charges ahead too quickly and too often governs by fiat, not compromise, but when all is said and done, the mayor's legacy will most likely be a positive one: economic redevelopment, cleaner air and water, and a reputation as a consensus builder in a city long known for its divisive, and destructive, political battles.

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