The next Round Two showdown pits a burgeoning flank of Atlanta west of Midtown against a tony older section that's been desirable for years. Remember: This week we'll have two matchups apiece on Monday and Tuesday — with the polls left open for 24 hours — and by Wednesday, only four contenders shall remain standing. (For all of you proud, irate neighborhoods left out of this year's tourney, here's a quick refresher on how the bracket was compiled). Now, let the eliminations continue!
The Westside might want to send an extra-merry Christmas card to Ansley Park this year, apologizing for last week's merciless beatdown. While the Westside enjoyed a deep run in 2011's Curbed Cup tourney, this was Ansley Park's first dance at the ball. Nonetheless, Westside expelled the pretty enclave like a drunken, diseased Cinderella, winning more than 75 percent of votes. Westside (once alternately called West Midtown) is flirting with becoming a truly walkable district, blossoming from its post-industrial past. Nominators used the term "Westside," so we are, too. We take it to mean the areas around the Northside Drive and Howell Mill Road corridors, where dining, shopping and drinking options have multiplied in recent years, garnering national buzz.
In the first round, Virginia-Highland survived a nail-biter over its slightly scruffier younger sister, Poncey-Highland, seizing just 27 more votes of 1,069 cast. The 13 seeding might seem surprisingly low for an enviable 'hood named Creative Loafing's "Best Overall Neighborhood" and Atlanta magazine's "favorite neighborhood" in 2011, so maybe Va-Hi denizens were just too busy loving life to nominate themselves. It's a walker's paradise with a dizzying array of beautiful, early 20th century homes, top-shelf new builds and charmingly quirky apartment and condo communities.