Here it is: the 2013 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. Round one of our tournament features 16 'hoods vying for the coveted golden jpeg--we'll have two matchups every day through Thursday, then take a look at our tournament bracket on Friday. Voting for each poll ends 24 hours after opening (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the neighborhood on neighborhood carnage begin!
West Hollywood spent most of 2013 furiously making plans to fancify any area of the city that was not yet fancified; rents were crazy high and development action was intense: Work finally got underway on the long-awaited and freaking enormous Sunset|La Cienega project, the formerly stalled-out Faith Plating project is finally moving ahead, and even Movietown Plaza might be on its way now. The city also launched a party trolley for Santa Monica Boulevard, started work on a robot garage, tamed the La Brea Avenue traffic just a little, and got to work on a major upgrade of West Hollywood Park. (Plummer Park may be trapped in limbo forever though.) The restaurant scene continues to get hotter and hotter: big openings this year included Connie & Ted's and The Church Key.
It was kind of a rough year for the pro-development crowd in Hollywood--the giant (and not terribly attractive) Millennium Hollywood were approved but immediately ran into heaps of trouble that led to wider fears about building around the active Hollywood Fault. NIMBYs also won a legal battle against the city's plan to allow more density around the Red Line. But a two-tower project was announced for a site next to the Hollywood Palladium, work started on big projects at Hollywood/Western and Selma/Highland, and there was a lot of action in much-needed zones like southern Vine Street and northern La Brea. The Chinese Theatre also got a nice renovation, Japanese home brand MUJI just opened a flagship, Oinkster opened an outpost on Vine, and beloved New York restaurant Rao's debuted on Seward.