By framing the issue of gun violence as a public health issue and avoiding the polarizing topic of Second Amendment rights, David Fleming and Frederick Rivara helped pave the way for Seattle to be the first city in the nation to fund research into gun safety. After a two-decade-long N.R.A.-fueled ban on federally funded research into gun violence, this new initiative will allow lawmakers to hammer out future solutions based on facts, rather than anecdotes and emotions.
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.