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!
Nobody expected (or really wanted) Glendale to be seeded so highly in the Curbed Cup, but the city has had an undeniably booming year, and now here it is in the Elite Eight, having beat out the Fashion District in round one. 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.
Two-time Curbed Cup winner Historic Core keeps on keepin' on, and had no trouble trouncing Leimert Park in round one, but can it beat Glendale's PR-firm-backed push? This year the HC welcomed a much-needed park and a huge flea market, prepped to welcome a rare skyscraper, and even figured out something of a solution for its dog waste issue. It's also got new condos (conversions), a major addition to the Medallion complex (with an Alamo Drafthouse theater, 400 residential units, a hotel, a park, and more), a reno of the beloved Alexandria Hotel on the way, and more sidewalk dining on the way. And that's all aside from the crazy major revitalization going on all along Broadway. The HC also earned international attention this year thanks to the Cecil Hotel.