In today's first Curbed Cup match, two Atlanta neighborhoods whose theme songs could be "The Times They Are a-Changin'" are squaring off. Both Old Fourth Ward (No. 3) and Buckhead (No. 14) are hotbeds of new construction and home to new regional attractions, but only one can emerge victorious. Reader nominations determined seeding, and now voting for each pairing will end 24 hours after it begins. The quest for 2015's "Neighborhood of the Year" prestigious (fake) trophy hereby resumes. So let the eliminations commence!
(No. 3) OLD FOURTH WARD
Back in 2012, the O4W steamrolled its way to victory in the second-ever Atlanta Curbed Cup, but this diverse east-side neighborhood with several disparate districts within itself hasn't reached the finals since. However, with the true debut of one project alone — the instant tourist attraction that is Ponce City Market — this year, Old Fourth Ward's moxie is operating at a high level, and it could be a tough out. Once downtrodden, the neighborhood has seen its population swell with the addition of hundreds of fancy new apartments, pricey townhomes and modernized housing stock. Even the albatross that is Boulevard has shown glimmers of hope, with new affordable housing and ambitious social programs. What's more, the O4W could pack on a whole new dimension if the Civic Center redevelopment comes to fruition.
(No. 14) BUCKHEAD
Surprisingly, Buckhead as a whole hasn't made a Curbed Cup tourney appearance since 2012 (although several folks have nominated individual sections within the massive area that is Buckhead, and votes are tabulated for whatever people consider their neighborhood to be). In any case, it's clear that Buckhead is absolutely booming, in terms of residential construction, commercial investment and every other facet besides non-vehicle infrastructure. In 2015,
Buckhead Atlanta The Shops Buckhead Atlanta welcomed a mini-city's worth of dining and upscale retail options, while Phipps Plaza underwent a facelift and The Residence at the St. Regis condos bagged record sales prices. And when it comes to recently finished, under-construction and proposed sky-rises, Buckhead is on fire.