We're down to the Final Four in the 2013 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. We'll have two matchups today and voting will begin Monday to pick the winner of 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!
The Financial District has had a surprisingly strong showing this Curbed Cup, defeating always-hot neighbor South Park in the last round. The 'hood doesn't seem to change very often, but it had a big 2013: 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.
Well, you did it. You put Glendale in the Final Four, voting it in over two-time past winner Historic Core. We hope you're proud of yourselves. Still, we must admit the city has had a 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.