Today's second face-off pits the reigning and feisty Curbed Cup champion against a beloved, progressive ITP city that's enough of an Atlanta neighborhood to qualify for this tourney. Reader nominations determined seeding, and now voting for each pairing will stay open for 24 hours. The quest for 2015's prestigious (fake) trophy hereby resumes with Reynoldstown (No. 4) vs. Decatur (No. 13). Let the eliminations commence!
(No. 4) Reynoldstown
Reynoldstown toppled neighboring Inman Park in last year's Curbed Cub tournament to become the second sub-DeKalb Avenue winner in a row, behind Kirkwood the year before. Now, could R-town be Atlanta's first-ever repeat champion? Getting past a prideful place like Decatur won't be easy, but Reynoldstown's formidable momentum on the development front hit overdrive in 2015, with work barreling ahead on the mixed-use Station R on Moreland Avenue, Rtown Lane shaping up as a quaint central village and big-league redevelopment plans emerging for Atlanta Dairies and the 17-acre Leggett & Platt Inc. complex. Add to that cultural positives like the WonderRoot campus project and the Beltline's planned Eastside Trail extension (complete with a Reynoldstown stage), and it's clear that this old champ has plenty left in the tank.
(No. 4) Decatur
The urbanization of Decatur — an ITP city smartly built around a MARTA train station, what a novel concept! — continued in a major way in 2015. Construction on three large-scale rental projects ramped up, with promises of eventually bringing some 600 top-flight units to the market, most of them one-bedrooms. If leasing projections pan out, that many new residents should bolster Decatur's impressive lineup of drinking and dining destinations, which added Kevin Gillespie's acclaimed Revival this year to staples such as Iberian Pig, Brick Store Pub and Leon's. Like many places around Atlanta, Decatur also emerged in 2015 as a hotbed for townhomes, which offer a (slightly) cheaper entree than most new houses for those seeking one of Georgia's top school systems.