The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Atlanta neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 challengers vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
In today's second match, two former Curbed Cup champions square off in what could be an early heavyweight barnburner. So let's welcome Kirkwood (No. 2) and Inman Park (No. 15) to the tourney and get your vote on now!
(No. 2) KIRKWOOD:
Kirkwood, the tourney's 2013 champion, continued its annual show of neighborhood pride in the Curbed Cup nominations phase this year, tallying the second highest number of nods behind West End. Some sample, emphatic praise from a nominator: "When we were asked to relocate two years ago, who knew lucking into finding our new home in this fantastic KIRKWOOD neighborhood would convince this Austin, TX girl to never leave." Real estate agents will tell you Kirkwood is as hot as any Atlanta neighborhood now, with average home sale prices doubling in the last three years. Its blossoming downtown village is preparing to welcome hundreds of trendy apartments, while the northern end of the 'hood has added ballyhooed micro-eatery Dish Dive, and all of Kirkwood continues to be a choice locale for the movie-production business. With a rapidly expanding inventory of new and renovated homes that non-doctors can afford, Kirkwood's pride could be justified.
(No. 15) INMAN PARK:
For Inman Park, 2015 was yet again another big year. The Beltline's Eastside Trail continued to be an investment magnet, while Krog Street Market solidified itself among the nation's top urban food halls. Meanwhile, the Inman Quarter project began to really hit its stride, welcoming a few hundred high-paying renters and names like Bill Hallman, MF Sushi and Bartaco. Inman Park, which holds the sacred Curbed Cup 2011 fake trophy, squeaked into this year's tourney with just a handful of nominations, and thus the 15 seed. Which doesn't mean it isn't special. Chockfull of high-earning former hippies and attorneys you'd like to have a beer with, it's a leafy showcase of stunning Victorians and smartly renovated bungalows, hugged by convenient arteries to downtown and the Beltline. Inman Park marched all the way to the finals last year, only to fall by a few hundred votes to reigning champion Reynoldstown.