The Curbed Cup, our first annual award to the Atlanta neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 8 'hoods vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Here is the bracket with the complete pool of competitors; this week we'll have one match-up per day, and all the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends in the wee hours the next morning. Let the eliminations commence!
ROUND 2: Midtown West vs. Candler Park
Following yesterday's trouncing of Sandy Springs by East Lake, today we've got a doozy of a match-up, with 2 'nabes that are near and dear to our hearts.
In one corner, the hot (and relatively new) up-and-comer, a former main vein of Atlanta's industrial core, now home to great adapative re-uses of historic buildings and new developments alike. There you'll find some of the best restaurants, shopping and art hang-outs to be had in Atlanta. Moreover, the Midtown West story is perhaps only 1/3 or 1/2 told; we can only imagine that the city's best entrepreneurs and creative talent will continue to be drawn to the nascent West Siiiieeed.
In this corner, the sylvan little 'hood of Candler Park, a quiet enclave of restored bungalows, free thought, great schools, classic Atlanta restaurants and the eponymous Park, one of Coca Cola magnate Asa Candler's many gifts to the City of Atlanta. There may be no better place to take a walk in the city, and though it's a bit tough to get to, that's part of its appeal. Candler is surrounded by other Curbed Cup competitors (Decatur and Inman Park to name two), and is a junction point for the city's parks (Freedom Park meets Candler Park meets Sunnyside) and bike trail systems. Need we say more?
Tough call today, folks. Choose wisely!