Half the field has been eliminated in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Atlanta neighborhood of the year. This week we'll have two match-ups apiece on Monday and Tuesday—with the polls left open for 24 hours—and by Wednesday only four contenders will be left vying for the prestigious fake trophy. Let the eliminations continue!
Elite Eight showdowns continue right now with two crosstown neighborhoods who've performed admirably in Curbed Cup tournaments of yore. Only you can decide who marches on toward everlasting glory — Kirkwood or Westside.
In a close Round 1 contest, Kirkwood (No. 2) edged another former Curbed Cup champion, Inman Park, to keep alive the neighborhood's hopes of becoming Atlanta's first repeat champ. Nominator "KE," originally a Texas girl, described why she thinks Kirkwood is "amaze balls" and a perennially strong contender: "Best neighbors, best events, best camaraderie ever ... New businesses and old where everybody knows your name. Sun in My Belly, Le Petite Marche, the Kirkyard, Urban Pie, just to name a few places we frequent. We found our pet sitter, our landscaper, our new friends right here in our neighborhood."
Meanwhile, on the flipside of town, Westside (No. 10) dispatched scrappy Cabbagetown in Round 1 action, capturing about 60 percent of more than 1,000 votes. Given Westsiiiyeeeed's momentum, that's understandable. The entirety of Howell Mill Road is dotted with cool new retail endeavors, from the chicken sausage stand with a shipping container on its roof (Delia's) to the pretty digs of Revelator Coffee and the adaptive-reuse menagerie that is Westside Ironworks. The knock against Westside has traditionally been its lack of green space, but two bona fide mega-parks are in the works.