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 and eternal bragging rights. Let the eliminations continue!
The Curbed Cup Elite Eight royal rumble continues right now with a heavyweight match between eastside neighbors Reynoldstown and Grant Park. Who shall advance toward "Neighborhood of the Year" honors? Can the reigning Curbed Cup champion be toppled? That's up to you, Atlanta!
The Elite Eight field:
In last year's Curbed Cup tourney, Reynoldstown (No. 4) stormed to victory by edging its neighbor Inman Park in the finals, seizing the glorious fake trophy it still holds dear. And for Reynoldstown boosters, things have gotten off on the right foot in 2015 as well, as R-town convincingly overcame more populous Decatur in the first round. This chutzpah surely owes to game-changing projects like Atlanta Dairies and the Beltline's Eastside Trail, which offer the promise of a more vibrant future. But now comes a huge test from another Reynoldstown neighbor that should also benefit from those particular projects, and others.
If Grant Park's Round 1 trouncing of Chamblee is any indication, this gorgeous nabe of pristine bungalows and stately Victorians could be on a down-and-dirty warpath this year. Grant Park (No. 5) has come this close to Curbed Cup glory before, falling just 77 votes short of beating Kirkwood in the 2013 finals — a legendarily heated match that saw nearly 7,000 votes cast. This year could be as good as any for Grant Park, which has in its corner a burgeoning Memorial Drive corridor, a swanky new reptile exhibit and one terrific, unofficial proposal for a park over Interstate 20.