Here's where the big dogs (and feisty little Cabbagetown) come out to play. Round two of the Curbed Cup, our annual award for Atlanta's Neighborhood Of The Year, kicks off right now with an interesting match between eastside brethren Old Fourth Ward (the reigning Curbed Cup champion) and Candler Park. This week we'll feature four match-ups; the results and the full tourney bracket will be reviewed on Friday. The fake but sacred Curbed Cup trophy is at stake. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
To recap: In first round action last week, the #1-seeded Old Fourth Ward trounced its friendly foe, Glenwood Park, gathering 81 percent of more than 700 votes. This round could be tougher, being that Candler Park denizens are known for their neighborhood pride, which was enough to stiff-arm the formidable Virginia-Highland in the first round by a 62 to 37 percent margin. This is a punch-up between a rapidly changing up-and-comer and a more established — but still grounded — Craftsman paradise. The victor shall proceed to the vaunted Curbed Cup Final Four.