The Curbed Cup, Curbed Seattle annual Neighborhood of the Year tournament is in its first round. The deserving candidates will be presented in two match-ups per day through the week, with results reviewed on Friday. Polls are open for 24 hours, starting now!
This round, Pioneer Square versus Ravenna. Which deserves the Cup more, nightlife and historic bricks or quiet and craftsman?
In this corner…Pioneer Square. Pioneer Square, just look at the name. This place has been here since the pioneers. That isn't some sappy label slapped on by a developer. It survived the Great Seattle Fire. It's watched the waterfront get filled in and redefined. Now, it's surviving Bertha; while being home to great food and music. Sports fans, weigh in for one of the few neighborhoods within walking distance of the professional stadiums.
Photo: J Brew
In the other corner…Ravenna. Get real. If you want a great place to live, it can be best to be one step away from all the attention. The U District is next door. So is Green Lake. Work at one. Work out at the other. Live between the two where your neighbors will know your name. And it isn't like there's nothing going on. There are enough shops and restaurants to keep anyone busy and intrigued. Ravenna, because a bike ride along the Burke-Gilman makes more sense than driving.
It's a battle between the iconic and the classic. Who moves on to the Elite Eight?