Here it is: the 2014 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!
South Park's been in a development boom since LA first started pulling out of the recession, but the neighborhood has outright exploded in mixed-users in 2014. And we're not just talking stubby seven-story apartment buildings, although there are plenty of those. We're talking towers like 1200 Fig, the 32-story building set to rise behind the Ace Hotel, and the 28-story one barreling along at Eleventh and Hope, and we're talking massive megaprojects like Fig Central, Metropolis, and Mack Urban's Millennial-friendly community. The neighborhood is so hot it's even starting to attract some decent places to eat and drink, and even old stalwarts like the Hotel Figueroa are being drawn into the fancification. Of course all that construction is making life difficult for the people who already live in the 'hood.
This is the year gentrification found Westlake/MacArthur Park. The people behind New York's Bowery Ballroom are rehabbing the Playhouse Theatre into a live music venue, the woman who created Orange is the New Black is rehabbing the Hayworth Theatre into offices for her various television staffs, and there are more than half a dozen market-rate mixed-users in the works, including one with 648 units, and all with few if any affordable units.