Hey, Atlanta, a quick programming note:
This year, like all Curbed cities, we won’t be running Curbed Cup. (But thank you for the neighborhood nominations, nonetheless). In its stead, we’re asking you, our readers, to try a new way to celebrate what you love about where you live.
Why the change?
Curbed Cup was created as a way for people to celebrate their environments—to champion their neighborhoods, to unite their communities, and to rally around collective progress. Over time, the annual Curbed Cup bracket has, like many spaces on the internet, been party to disparaging commentary, cheating on occasion, pitting neighbor against neighbor, and other violations of commenting guidelines.
And in a time when divisions—real, perceived, or aggressively stoked—are easier to exploit than ever, we’re done creating a space for them. There are other ways to celebrate Atlanta, and though we’ll miss the thrill of competition, we’re ready to try something new.
In addition to retrospective coverage in coming days that will look back at Atlanta’s changing landscape in 2018—and a longer project that’ll celebrate myriad reasons to love this city—we want to hear from you, the people who know your specific neighborhoods better than anyone.
How to chime in
It’s time to brag about your neighborhood, Atlanta!
Did local media miss a wonderful community initiative that improved the lives of neighbors? Let us know. Did a new development or housing venture offer options that were lacking before? Let us know. Did hiking trails happen? Did the restaurant scene blossom? Did bike lanes improve safety? Let us know.
Please drop a quick email with the subject line “MY NEIGHBORHOOD” to the tipline.
We’ll be compiling all input soon for story that celebrates Atlanta’s amazing neighborhoods, in the words of people who love them.
Now, for posterity’s sake, here’s one last look at the pantheon of past Curbed Cup Atlanta champions:
2017: West End
2016: East Atlanta
2015: West End
2012: Old Fourth Ward
2011: Inman Park
Thanks, Atlanta, for playing over the years—and for always voicing your local pride.