We're down to the final four in the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Atlanta neighborhood of the year. There will be one matchup today, with the polls left open for 24 hours. The final showdown for the prestigious fake trophy will begin Wednesday. So let the eliminations continue!
The tournament's last match before the Finals pits a recent Curbed Cup champion against this year's only remaining dark horse — and they happen to be direct neighbors. Let's give it up for contenders Kirkwood and East Lake and cast votes for who should prevail as Atlanta's "Neighborhood of the Year."
Kirkwood (No. 2) and East Lake (No. 11) have more in common than a locale on the eastern side of Atlanta and relative affordably, in comparison with some neighboring areas: They both toppled Curbed Cup legends en route to this year's Final Four. Kirkwood, which still holds bragging rights to the 2013 glorious fake trophy, duked it out with another former champ, Inman Park, in the first round, then won a heated contest with Westside. Meanwhile, East Lake caught many by surprise by besting Midtown in the first round, then riding that momentum to beat 2012 champion Old Fourth Ward by a crazy-slim margin — 48 votes.
Both of these neighborhoods are known for pulling together when it counts most — like right now. Only one can take the next step toward everlasting glory.