The Curbed Cup, our annual search for Atlanta's neighborhood of the year, continues with two Round One match-ups a day until the results and full tourney bracket of 16 'hoods is revealed on Friday. Today's second face-off pits Poncey-Highland versus Virginia-Highland, and if the Highlander taught us anything, it's that there can be only one. Which will survive? Well, that's up to you. You have a mere 24 hours to cast your ballot and decide the fate of these popular neighboring 'hoods.
If you start naming iconic Atlanta destinations, you'll be amazed how many reside in the adorably named and super-walkable Poncey-Highland: The Beltline, The Clermont Lounge, The Carter Center, Freedom Park, Plaza Theatre, Manuel's Tavern, The Majestic, Murder Kroger... the list goes on and on. That's particularly impressive when you consider that it's less than one mile wide at its widest. It just packs that much punch. Historic buildings, elderly strippers and walkability... if you want more than that, you're just getting greedy.
With a Walk Score of 72 — just six points lower than its competitor, above — Virginia-Highland (don't call it "the Highlands," okay?) is one of the city's most pedestrian-friendly areas; on average, residents can walk to six restaurants, bars or coffee shops within five minutes. Thank goodness it didn't get flattened by that highway back in the 1960s. Its leafy streets are lined with charming bungalows, quirky shops, pubs, and restaurants, and its Summerfest is an annual tradition. VaHi took Creative Loafing's "Best Overall Neighborhood" and Atlanta Magazine's "favorite neighborhood" in 2011. In 2012, CL named it "best walkable neighborhood," and in 2013, it made it into the Curbed Cup, only to be knocked out by the powerful Candler Park. Is this the year for redemption?