And now, the conclusion of the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Los Angeles neighborhood of the year. Because this is the most important decision of all time, the polls will be left open until noon on Wednesday, January 2. Let the final battle begin!
It's a hipster deathmatch! Quiet little Atwater Village had a nice (but finals-worthy?) 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.
Silver Lake has long been a bridesmaid in the Curbed Cup, but perhaps this is its moment: this year, the 'hood 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.