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!
Nobody expected (or really wanted) Glendale to be seeded so highly in the Curbed Cup, but the city has had an undeniably booming year. There are at least a couple thousand new apartments on the way in the city, and a few hundred (very fancy ones) came online in 2013. The city's expanding its bike infrastructure and considering capping the 134 Freeway with a park, Disney is renovating the historic Grand Central Air Terminal, and both the Glendale Galleria and Americana at Brand have gotten big upgrades this year.
The Fashion District is another Downtown 'hood that hadn't really been touched with the gentrification stick until this year, but now there's an enormous megaproject planned--City Market will have nearly 1,000 residences, a hotel, retail, a movie theater, and a college campus--as well as a tiny little hotel and a commercial conversion of the handsome Gerry Building both in the works. And we can be generous and give the FaDi some of that hot southern Broadway action.