The people of Atlanta have spoken: The 2014 Curbed Cup Finals shall be a contest between neighbors who share a MARTA rail station and are literally on different sides of the tracks! Feisty, hungry, proud Reynoldstown has ridden its No. 2 seed to the cusp of victory, dethroning reigning Curbed Cup champion Kirkwood. But first, they must square off with stately, hip, savvy Inman Park, which snagged Atlanta's very first Curbed Cup in 2011 and has proven that No. 16 seeds don't matter when you're awesome. Here's the deal: Finals voting opens right now and will remain open until the second day of 2015 (Friday) — in other words, 48 hours. So put your vote where your heart is and help determine Atlanta's new Neighborhood of the Year.
You know Reynoldstown is on a roll when they capture more than 58 percent of 3,325 votes to boot prideful Kirkwood from the tourney. But Reynoldstown boosters have been claiming this year belongs to them since the nominations phase. And why not? R-town is licking its chops for a wave of investment that signals its rising desirability. In its charge to near-glory, Reynoldstown politely showed Southeast ATL brethren East Atlanta the door in Round 1, then pummeled another up-and-coming Beltline neighborhood, West End, in Round 2. Not bad for a Curbed Cup virgin. But their biggest challenge yet could be right next door ...
(16) INMAN PARK:
In a nail-biting photo finish, Inman Park squeezed past Westside in the Semi-Finals, snagging just 40 more votes of nearly 2,300 cast. If Inman Parkers were snoozing in the nominations phase (earning the surprisingly low 16th seed), they've since awaken with a vengeance. To recap: Inman Park demolished Brookhaven in Round 1 with more than 70 percent of votes, and then TKO'd the O4W, another neighbor, in Round 2. Given the ongoing explosion of restaurants and retail (Krog Street Market, etc.), and all those gorgeous Victorian homes and charming bungalows in Atlanta's first planned suburb, the Curbed Cup fake trophy just might go back to where it started, making Inman Park the first repeat champion in Atlanta.