The Curbed Cup is our annual award for neighborhood of the year. You will have 24 HOURS to vote in each poll.
Downtown: As Detroit hosted the World Series for the first time since 2006, the media showered Downtown with enough positive coverage to begin washing away some of the nation's negative perception of the city. In the restaurant realm, Downtown started off 2012 by (re)gaining the very soul of Detroit dining: The London Chop House. The meticulous restoration of the GAR Building by Mindfield and the long-awaited opening of the Broderick Tower are a couple more drops in a bucket brimming with downtown success. Can you really argue?
Lafayette Park: Yes. There might not be a another neighborhood so fundamentally altered by 2012 as Lafayette Park. The Northern Group (the Team Rocket of Detroit real estate) lost control of the Lafayette Towers via foreclosure, and HUD spent the summer tallying all of the sins committed against the Mies Van Der Rohe-designed icons. Although the new owner won't be bound to that to-do list (as was originally intended), its very existance paves a path to recovery for the Lafayette Towers. Another neighborhood victory: Cafe Con Leche del Este. Need we say more?