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!
First seed Koreatown had no trouble dispatching last seed Leimert Park in round one; the neighborhood is never a slouch in the action department, but this year it went national with the opening of the super-hip The Line hotel, which immediately made every hottest hotel list, thanks in no small part to its Sean Knibb design and Roy Choi restaurants. Meanwhile, the very fancy, very tall The Vermont apartment towers opened shortly after selling in what was possibly the biggest deal of the year. Meanwhile, other new developments, big and bigger, are popping up all over the area as the Purple Line begins its stretch west out of the neighborhood toward La Cienega.
Gentrifying Boyle Heights put up a surprisingly good fight in round one, but was ultimately no match for Downtown's Financial District. This year, the FiDi was dedicated to getting itself right: the Macy's Fortress is becoming an open-air shopping center, the old Wilshire Grand is becoming the tallest building in the West (with an InterContinental hotel inside), and eternally awful Pershing Square is becoming somewhat less awful. The US Bank Tower, the tallest building in the West for now, is finally getting a viewing deck and restaurant on its top floors, recession poster child Park Fifth has returned from the dead, and the Regional Connector rail line through the 'hood is now under construction.