The Curbed Cup is our annual award for the neighborhood of the year. We’re starting with 16 neighborhoods (with some close ones combined), and we’ll vote over the next few weeks until we’re down to one.
The results are in for the first week of voting for the often fake, sometimes real Curbed Cup. Which neighborhood will be Detroit’s neighborhood of the year for 2017? Here’s what we’ve seen so far.
The 16 seed Jefferson-Chalmers took down no. 1 Corktown in the first vote; many people are excited to see what happens with this east side neighborhood in the coming years. Our no. 8 and 9 spots are neighbors! Midtown is home to many new restaurants and developments, but New Center is booming with construction and new development announcements recently. New Center ended up narrowly defeating the popular Midtown.
Hamtramck, a city within the city of Detroit, easily took down the popular Detroit neighborhood of Lafayette Park. Bagley, which had many strong write-in nominations this year, couldn’t get past Downtown to make it to the Elite Eight. Boston-Edison also beat out Sherwood Forest for a spot in the next round.
Our two finalists from last year, East English Village and the Villages, both easily made their way into the next round. They’ll meet up again next week; will one of them take the trophy this year?
And last we had the University District up against Grandmont Rosedale. After the first poll ended up in a 50/50 tie, we held a two-hour lightning round (although we appreciate the suggestions for a neighborhood snowball fight or dance-off). The University District led at first, but Grandmont Rosedale (our 2012 Curbed Cup winner) rallied to win and move forward.
Voting continues next week. Here’s how the bracket looks after the first week.