It's down to the final four in the 2011 Curbed Cup race for the LA Neighborhood of the Year. We'll have one matchup today and one tomorrow, with polls open for 24 hours. The final showdown for the coveted golden jpeg starts Thursday. Let the eliminations continue!
So far nothing's been able to stop either of these contenders. Downtown's Historic Core destroyed Santa Monica in the last round, racking up nearly 65 percent of the vote. In the past year, ground broke on the Spring Street Park, the neighborhood got a major (if splotchy) bike lane and a farmers market, and the restaurant scene stayed hot as ever with new openings and old-ish favorites. To top it all off, the HC gentrification even got sent up in musical form.
In the last round, Hollywood beat out Chinatown with a whopping 70 percent of the vote. Let's review its impressive 2011: the Capitol Records building owners announced plans to build two hotel/residential towers on Vine, CIM group bought and revived the Old Spaghetti Factory tower plan, Paramount announced plans for a big expansion, the Selma Hotel came back to life as a Dream Hotel, and Blvd6200 is probably very close to breaking ground. Meanwhile, we've heard the Emerson College project has just recently gotten a beam delivery (more on that soon).
· Curbed Cup 2011 [Curbed LA]