John Reinhardt, AICP
When this transportation planner visited 14th Street's new transit and truck priority corridor in New York City, the "sense of quiet" was the first thing that stood out. "As a city-dweller, the noise generated by traffic is something you don't generally notice until it's not there," he says. "The emptiness of the roadway gives you a true sense of how much space we dedicate to private vehicles."
A newcomer to Houston, she's struck by the city's new comprehensive approach to resilience — and how much of a joint effort it truly is. "While water is on top of everyone's minds, it's only part of the equation, everyone agreed," she says. "Going forward, innovative funding and collaboration between government agencies, nonprofits, philanthropists, and the private sector will be key if Houston is to succeed."
Deborah Lynn Blumberg
If you ask this Houston-based reporter what she loves most about her city, she can give you a list — but the people sit squarely at the top. "Houstonians are warm and friendly," she says. "When my family's previous home flooded in Hurricane Harvey, a complete stranger welcomed us into her home."