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!
South Park made easy work of eleventh-seed Inglewood in round one, even though this was the year of boring seven-story project in the 'hood--there are at least half a dozen short little residential and mixed-use projects planned and a few under construction--to the point where one councilmember is ready to ban 'em temporarily. This is also the year we saw the rise of NoSoPa (that's North South Park, noobs, get used to it!): two towers are on the way up in the sub-hood and two more are planned, plus the biggest win of all: Whole Foods announced for Eighth and Grand. There's also an adaptive reuse headed to the cool old Desmond's warehouse, a huge Millennial-friendly community planned near Pico and Grand, and hey, even the Ritz-Carlton has just about sold out.
The Financial District doesn't seem to change very often, but it had a big 2013, and it capped it off by winning an enormous upset over too-cool-to-be-cool-anymore Venice in round one. This year, work started on the new Wilshire Grand, which will be the West Coast's tallest tower, it was announced that the terrible fortress Macy's would be made over into the much friendlier The Block complex, and FIGat7th is filling up with Zara, H&M, a very handsome Sport Chalet, and a huge variety of restaurants.