From 16 hardy competitors, Curbed Cup voters have whittled this year's contenders down to just four outstanding neighborhoods. Previous champ Inman Park and 2011 finalist Westside face off today. Reigning winner Kirkwood and feisty newcomer Reynoldstown enter the ring tomorrow. By the week's end, there will be only one: the victor of the 2014 Curbed Cup and associated cartoon trophy. May the best neighborhood prevail! Which one is that? That's up to you. You have 24 hours to decide which one goes to the finals.
(16) INMAN PARK:
You know it. You love it. Inman Park, despite barely making it into this year's tournament as the 16th seed, is looking like a real threat after clobbering Brookhaven with more than 70 percent of the votes in Round 1 and knocking out red-hot Old Fourth Ward in Round 2. New culinary and retail offerings have been expanding faster than kudzu along Inman Park's leafy streets, particularly along Highland Avenue, near Inman Quarter and at the newly opened Krog Street Market. Add in the gorgeous Victorian homes and charming bungalows in Atlanta's first planned suburb and the 2011 Curbed Cup champ stands a real chance of bringing the trophy back home. But to do that, they'll have to get past...
Although it has never taken the trophy home, Westside destroyed Ansley Park in Round 1, taking more than 75 percent of the votes, and edged out popular Virginia-Highland in Round 2. Now is not the time for Inman Park to get too comfortable. The former industrial area is now home to brilliant adaptive reuse projects, hip retail spots, foodie-worthy restaurants and amazing arts venues like Goat Farm and King Plow. Give it a few more years and it'll be a walkable pedestrian paradise. The support the neighborhood is receiving from voters indicates that 2014 could very well be the year Westside takes the Cup.