Welcome to the Curbed Cup, an annual award to Detroit's neighborhood of the year. The ultra-prestigious (and entirely fake) trophy is our way of asking readers which 'hood had the very best 2013. We have 8 competitors for this year's cup, with one matchup each day. Voting ends 24 hours after it begins.
It's time to decide which 'hood—Palmer Park or Midtown—will face Downtown in the Curbed Cup final. Palmer Park's 2013 continued with the slow-but-steady restoration of its grandiose apartment district, with Shelborne Development in control of at least 14 buildings. Another highlight came in the form of a new splash park, which replaced an old pool made unusable by vandals.
Midtown's memorable 2013 unveiled Shinola's new retail space inside a 96-year-old automobile warehouse. The DIA revamped Kresge Court into a neighborhood "living room," while Jack White stepped in to save the Masonic Temple from the auction block. The restored Garden Theater finally opened up near the year's end.