Half the field is OUT in the 2013 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. This week we'll have two matchups apiece on Monday and Thursday and by Friday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious golden jpeg. Voting for each poll ends 24 hours after opening (and will be watched closely for any shenanigans). Let the eliminations continue!
Despite having kind of a rough year development-wise, Hollywood managed to beat out hot neighbor West Hollywood in round one. This year the giant (and not terribly attractive) Millennium Hollywood towers 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 wilannounced an outpost on Vine, and beloved New York restaurant Rao's debuted on Seward.
In round one, Boyle Heights put up a good fight but was no match for Koreatown. It's becoming a truism that there are always cranes in the neighborhood: this year there were undead mixed-use developments, apartment groundbreakings, new YMCA construction, massive and fancy apartment renovations, and the nearly-finished twin towers of The Vermont. Plus a boutique reno of the historic Hotel Normandie, a new bus-only lane, and, keeping the neighborhood close to its roots, a proposed K-Pop museum. Both the Hotel Normandie and the forthcoming The Line hotel will have super-trendy dining options, and the neighborhood remains a restaurant hotspot.