The Curbed Cup is our annual award for neighborhood of the year. This week, we kick off Round One with two polls per day. You will have 24 HOURS to vote in each poll.
This seeding might seem a little strange, but we had a staggering number of nominations for the five neighborhoods in Detroit's northwest known collectively as Grandmont Rosedale. Don't know much about it? There's a New York Times article for that. Here are the important bits: driven by a "fierce sense of community," GR offers a neighborhood that is affordable, safe, and improving. We cover GR largely through the eyes of the Grandmont-Rosedale Development Corporation, which had a particularly intriguing story involving a beautiful, castle-like house.
SW Detroit/Mexicantown is a larger area, but its voting button is no bigger than any other. We'll let commenter "CommonSense" state the case: "We have good schools bursting at the seams, historic housing-stock being rehabbed...churches filled, best neighborhood parks offering unique youth & family programs like Clark Park, cutting-edge nonprofits doing amazing rehabs of residential homes & commercial buildings..."
Sound convincing? Vote!