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 4: Virginia Highland vs. Midtown
Okay, while we're thrilled that nearly 2000 people saw fit to weigh in on the merits of Decatur versus Inman Park as the best neighborhood in Atlanta yesterday, there's something a little fishy smelling here. Inman Park would appear to have clobbered its neighbor to the east, but the margin does strain credulity. Let us hope the Curbed Tech Team does not discover something nefarious deployed by some technologically-gifted Inman Park booster. This is, after all, the Curbed Cup, and if this fake trophy stands for anything it is integrity. Here now we move onto the final preliminary battle (which we fear may crash the servers).
We're going to save the lengthy preambles here for fear of the effects of our rabble rousing and demagoguery. Virginia Highland: bungalows (nice ones), parks (green, expansive ones), great restaurants, lively bars, hip boutiques, a giant store devoted to the retail needs of woodworkers. An almost absurdly strong community that guards its excellent schools with the tenacity of a thousand tenacious bull mastiffs. Proximity to...alot. You get the drift.
Midtown. What can you say? The cultural heart of Atlanta. Beautiful skyscrapers filled with Atlanta's business, legal and other assorted elite. Even more restaurants than Virginia Highland. The capital of the Southeastern GLBT community. Bungalows and leafy streets of its own. Piedmont Park. Georgia Tech. The Varsity. The closest Atlanta gets to Madison Avenue-style shopping. Proximity to...everything. Again, you get the drift.
There's no losers here, but only one 'nabe will advance to battle for the warm, glowing warming-glow reflected off of the Curbed Cup. Choose wisely, once, and do not program your computer to "choose" for others.