Dear Curbed Atlanta readers:
We're nearing the end of another year — another good year. In many ways it feels like Atlanta's getting its moxie back. Home values are swelling. Jobs are coming. The cranes are roosting here again, after a brush with Recession-era extinction. From Krog Street to Buckhead's central business district, neighborhood-altering projects are barreling toward completion. Innumerable apartment homes hold the promise of enhanced pedestrian activity and business patronage. New street festivals and luminary parades have become hallmarks of intown life. Those are the macro things. On the micro-scale, in your neighborhood, we're betting many more positive happenings are afoot, too. In the spirit of the season, we're preparing to award the third-annual Curbed Cup (Atlanta edition) to the city's best neighborhood. Glory could soon sprinkle down on your street.
The Curbed Cup, Curbed Atlanta's annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament, will showcase eight or 16 seeds vying for our sacred fake trophy. The number of seeds and their slotting will be determined by preliminary votes. Once the neighborhoods are set, voting for each contest will be open for 24 hours.
In our inaugural tournament, Inman Park bested Westside (Midtown) in the 2011 finals, and glory ensued. Last year, nearly 3,000 votes were cast in the finals showdown between neighbors Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park. Just 87 votes determined the winner. And that winner was O4W, the reigning champion.
The criteria are amorphous, determined largely by our readers. But think about neighborhoods where things are happening; places becoming more lively or beautiful; areas of town begging you to ditch your current home and move there. Beginning today, we are accepting submissions for your Neighborhood of the Year 2013. Send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or make your nomination in the Comments section of this post.
Come on Atlanta, make your opinions known. You can do this. Bragging rights for the next 12 months are at stake!
· Recap of last year's Curbed Cup action [Curbed Atlanta]