We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Los Angeles neighborhood of the year. The polls will be left open for 24 hours; the final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin Friday. Let the eliminations continue!
2008/2011 Curbed Cup winner South Park handily dispensed with 2009 Curbed Cupper Culver City in round two, for pretty good reasons: the city signed off this year on the plan to build an NFL stadium in the neighborhood and about a million new towers and hotels were announced (or unstalled or speculated-on). There were also actual groundbreakings and a long-awaited opening (the building formerly known as Concerto!). Even the Ritz-Carlton made some sales.
But can it take on the always-strong Silver Lake (which destroyed up-and-comer Koreatown in round two)?; this year, SL was named America's Best Hipster Neighborhood this year, and the 'hood's been selling out about as hard as that title would imply (very hard). Rents are pretty nuts, the Edgecliffe Terrace Homes small lot development were gone lickety split, there's been action at the former Coffee Table site on Rowena (although that action appears to be a bit stalled right now), the long-delayed Bellevue Lofts finally opened for business, and the three Sunset Junction gamechanging mixed-users are on their way through the approvals process. Meanwhile, the city finally finished the walking path around the Silver Lake Reservoir, opened up LA's first pedestrian plaza (the Sunset Triangle Plaza), and is preparing to buy the much-disputed Corralitas Red Car property for a park. Even the dead Circuit City is springing back to life, even if it is as boring offices. Also James Franco moved in.