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Curbed Cup 1st round (6) Exposition Park vs. (11) Burbank

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Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

The rose garden at Exposition Park.
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The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. We’ll reveal each of the neighborhoods this week, and polls will be open for 24 hours so you can cast your vote as to which ones should advance. Let the eliminations commence!


Exposition Park

The star of Exposition Park is Exposition Park itself, a park that’s home to a bountiful rose garden, the California African American Museum, the LA Memorial Coliseum, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the California Science Center.

As if that list weren’t impressive enough, the City Council in April approved George Lucas’s plans to build a museum devoted to narrative arts there, and construction is well underway on the Banc Of California Stadium, the future home of the Los Angeles Football Club. In October, the natural history museum announced a major overhaul.

Combine all of those attractions with the fact this neighborhood is super close to Downtown LA and boasts multiple light rail stops and beautiful old homes and condominium buildings, and it’s a strong contender for this year’s Curbed Cup.

Burbank

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If your first instinct is to cast aside Burbank because of its chain stores and sizzling summertime temperatures, it’s time to reconsider. The city has a lot going for it—darling vintage shops in Magnolia Park, a laid back airport, and cute homes.

There are other reasons why the city landed in this year’s Curbed Cup competition. This summer, Curbed’s urbanism editor, Alissa Walker, proclaimed that Burbank was leading the Valley’s urban transformation. She laid out a pretty convincing case.

The city is planning to convert its former Ikea site into a walkable community with 765 housing units, it’s making the Burbank’s Town Center much more walkable, it’s expanding its network of bike lanes, and it’s “pushing to replace its aging airport terminal with an integrated air-rail station filled with cutting-edge sustainability features.”