This year marks Chamblee’s third Curbed Cup appearance but the first year it’s won a match. Now, like any prideful place that’s gunning for a more attractive future, Chamblee is on a roll in the quest for 2016 “Neighborhood of the Year” — and a full calendar year of dibs on the glorious, nonexistent trophy. Chamblee residents (and general fans of Chamblee) chimed in with enough pre-tourney nominations to score a No. 1 seed, and then this diversified ITP city overcame the Buckhead neighborhood of Pine Hills in Round 1. More impressively, Chamblee bagged 55 percent of votes to take down cosmopolitan Midtown in Elite Eight action, which brings us to a Final Four showdown that promises to be Chamblee’s toughest challenge yet.
College Park is riding high on commercial successes in its burgeoning historic district and very tangible signs of MARTA-connected residential investment nearby. And it shows. No contestant in this year’s Curbed Cup has scored more votes en route to the Final Four round. This neighbor to the World’s Most Visited Airport slipped past Grant Park last week after having toppled a former Curbed Cup champion, Old Fourth Ward, in the tourney’s opening round. Which means underdog HCP — Historic College Park — is performing like a seasoned vet and not the tourney newcomer it is. Only time will tell if early round triumphs will help catapult College Park into the pantheon of past Atlanta champions that, for now, includes Inman Park (2011), O4W (2012), Kirkwood (2013), Reynoldstown (2014), and reigning champ West End.
The Final Four: