Half the field is OUT in the 2014 Curbed Cup race for the Los Angeles Neighborhood of the Year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday and by next week 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 had very little trouble beating Westlake/MacArthur Park in round one. The neighborhood'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.
In round one, the Historic Core dominated little Frogtown and, for another year, Broadway has dominated the Historic Core scene. In January, the Ace Hotel and its adjacent theater opened near Ninth and shifted the entire center of gravity in Downtown (the block was primed with fancy new retail at the Eastern Columbia Building and fancy new restaurants like Umamicatessen and Alma). Broadway also got a big pedestrian-friendly overhaul and new owners/plans for many of its neglected historic buildings. But there was plenty of action in the rest of the Core too: two tall towers, plans for an art museum, a makeover at the old Rosslyn Hotel, and a new life for the Regent Theater.