Millennials seem to love handheld devices even more than cars, and as Seattle taxis struggle to make these facts work for them, unregulated fleets of blue and white smart cars, hybrids, pink mustachioed and private vehicles have been cutting into their business. The new app-driven car services score points with riders for ease of use and customer service, while angering taxi drivers, who staged a honk-in at City Hall in August to protest the unregulated status of the competition. At press time, the city was studying the issue—but seemed inclined to find a way to keep these newcomers on the road.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.