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First Round: (5) Westside vs. (12) Ansley Park

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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. The lofty title and the promise of a glimmering (fake) trophy continues to lead otherwise mild-mannered neighborhoods into vicious, bloodthirsty quests for victory. Facing off today are two neighborhoods that couldn't be more different: Westside — eliminated by Midtown last year in Round Two — and first-time contender Ansley Park. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Only YOU can decide which one advances.

Ten to 15 short years ago, gloomy industrial landscapes and unloved warehouses were the norm in Westside (aka West Midtown), but all that has changed in recent years. The neighborhood (area of several neighborhoods, if truth be told) has made big moves with a spate of creative adaptive reuse projects, arts venues like Goat Farm and King Plow, renovated galleries, hip retail spaces and incredible restaurants that have transformed the area into a foodie paradise. Despite all of the amenities, it's still possible to get some damn fine loft-style living for a reasonable price in the burgeoning neighborhood. Early chatter from Curbed Cup nominators suggests that this could be Westside's year — and they haven't even built Atlanta Waterworks Park yet. On the downside: Traffic congestion can be a real nightmare, and the influx of new projects isn't making that any better.

Westside may have a TopGolf coming soon, but Ansley Park has a private country club... not to mention mansions, green spaces galore and general swankiness/grandeur. Built starting in 1904 as the first suburb designed for cars, Ansley Park remains a little haven of wide, winding streets and lavish landscaping next to the hustle-bustle and gleaming skyline of Midtown — the best of both worlds, if you will. Its streets of stunning homes — which include Queen Annes, Tudors, Colonials, Neoclassical designs, and Craftsmen — are on the National Register of Historic Places and are beautiful enough to warrant an annual tour of homes... but they'll cost you a pretty penny. Ansley is not for struggling artists or students. This is the affluent neighborhood's first year in the Curbed Cup, so supporters are gonna need to step up with the votes if they want to keep their alcove of gorgeous architecture in the running.

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