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!
Quiet little Atwater Village shocked everyone in round two with its upset over the always-strong Historic Core. What the hell was that about, right? Well, Atwater did have a thrilling year! The city created the Atwater Village Pedestrian Oriented District, which allows reduced parking along Glendale Boulevard, the North Atwater Park opening signaled the beginning of the LA River's big comeback, the park under the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge broke ground (technically Silver Lake, but we're calling it for Atwater), and even the bridge itself is getting an overhaul. Meanwhile, rents are getting up into the Silver Lake zone, actor Giovanni Ribisi moved in, and there were a handful of trendy restaurant openings.
Meanwhile, action-packed Hollywood just barely pulled it out over the Arts District in round two. This year, the 'hood got a new plan to guide development over the next few decades (despite lots of feuding); work started at the huge and long-awaited Blvd6200 mixed-user, at the Thom Mayne-designed Emerson campus, and at the Old Spaghetti Factory site; the Target project and the Columbia Square mixed-user both came back on the scene; developer Sonny Astani announced plans for a mixed-use project and elevated park at Hollywood and Western; there are rumors of redevelopment at the Hollywood Palladium; and we saw some (conceptual) plans for the huge towers around the Capitol Records building. Landmarks had a big year too: the Walk of Fame is getting a rehab, the Hollywood Sign got refreshed, and the Kodak got a new name (the Dolby Theatre). Meanwhile, the W residences finally started to fill up, a fancy 24-hour Walgreens opened at Sunset and Vine, and the hipster flippers moved in. Seriously, we could go on too.