Two weeks ago, we began an eight-bracket vote off for the Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Detroit neighborhood of the year. This week was Round Two—one matchup per day—with the polls left open for 24 hours. Here now, with six hoods already eliminated, we present the final poll for all the fake gold in the Detroit. (Or Detroit Metro-area as the case may be).
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to pick a winner. Somehow it all came down to a city hood versus suburban hood face-off in this final round. Will all the Detroit hoods eliminated by ferocious Ferndale bite back? Is the hood with the best-designed website destined to win this every year? Should Ferndale's size force us to make it vote against itself next year in an Upper East Side vs. Upper West Side face-off? So many questions. Here are some final thoughts before you have at it.
While Lafayette Park would win for most beautiful and magazine-photogenic any day, the hood did not change all that much in the last year. However, there is something to be said for the sort of long-term stability that ensures it will still be beautiful next year or as one person put it, "Lafayette Park isn't headed toward douche-ville, which is another reason it should win." It is true that Ferndale's housing stock is rather "blah" at best but it has made it this far (in our humble opinion) based on buzz-worthy places like Torino, The Oakland, Red Hook Coffee, and The Rust Belt that opened in the last year and others that have been around for a bit longer. The public library also happens to have a pretty awesome planted roof if you are a nerdy-green-thumb-sorta voter.
One thing that we did notice in the last two weeks was that the hoods that managed to convince residents to plaster the polls onto facebook pleas did best. Because what is a status update in Detroit if not our finest news source?
Official Business: Polls close at noon on Monday January 2, 2012.
· All Curbed Cup 2011 Coverage [Curbed Detroit]